I don't remember how many parts of The Hunger Games I've watched so far. I remember how it started, but not everything that happened after that. I recall the games, how the dome fell down, and then... they were picked up by a rebel force? That must have happened, because all of a sudden they're at a rebel base. There's a president. There are old foes and friends gathered around, but there have been sacrifices as well.
Katniss was saved by the opposition, but Peeta was taken in by the capital. The rebels are fighting for their cause, for a free world, for the games to end. Katniss becomes a symbol of their freedom, an intentional symbol, used to move the revolution onward. At times the story feels a bit superficial, unreal, but at times it's captivating. I'm enjoying the post-apocalyptic sceneries and underground bunkers as much as the modern technology, and the occasional glimpse of a forest. And yet, this doesn't feel like a movie I'll remember that much.
It has it moments, like the dam rush. That was one inspiring moment. It has great actors. It has a tale of revolution and new world order, and yet it focuses more on the fragile relations between people. It's more drama than action, and though I enjoyed it, I can't say I'm particularly amazed or emotionally moved. All the same, I'm looking forward to the sequel!
rated 3/5: not bad