Very reminiscent of The Running Man or Battle Royale, the Hunger Games pits 24 children between the ages of 12 and 18 against each other in a last man standing competition. The film is set in a dystopian near future world where people live in one of 12 districts each concerned with a distinct contribution to society, e.g food production or mining. Once a year 2 children are selected at random from each district to compete in the Hunger Games, a competition to remind the population how lucky they are to live in this society.
Oliver Stone gives us a film that is completely over the top in style, but completely brilliant. He barely gives us time to get used to one style or angle before he’s on to the next one. Now black and white, now colour, this angle, that angle; filmed through a camcorder; animation and a whole section done as a naff 70s sitcom (complete with canned laughter) about child abuse and wife-beating.