Okay, I know you all hate when I do reviews, either books or movies. But, while I care and I want to be compassionate and not subject you to this on one level, on a whole other level I’m kind of not giving two craps because I need variety to thrive here as a writer. I mean, come on. I could be writing about real world concerns here like Peak Oil, and someone would bitch about my lack of variety. But as soon as I vary things, someone bitches I’m not focused on important topics. It almost makes me think you are all either wives or bi-polar. Anyway, some damn fool minion at one time asked me what I thought about the movie Hunger Games and that is all the excuse I need to subject you to this article. I’m sure they meant it to be a short few sentences in the comments section, but you get this instead. Suckers. So, here I am at the girlfriends watching cable TV, an activity I scold minions for ( but only because it costs real cash money, while for me to watch it I just have to suck up to the New Significant Other ) but was enjoying nonetheless, and am enjoying the movies. Lots of commercials ( Saturday night I had the misfortune of watching some crappy SWAT TV show rip-off movie of epically bad production values that had, literally, a cycle of six minutes of show to three or four of commercials-this was an object lesson for the stupidity of watching cable ads ), but most movies are better than your average network show. Last weekend was the five movies in the Lake Placid series with the giant crocodile ( I caught the last three ), a nice break as the weather was horrible, and this Sunday was The Hunger Games movie. No way I’d ever spend money on it, which is why I took so long to watch it.
In short, this was nothing more than a Clit Flick. I could have just as soon been watching vampires verses werewolves. Nothing but True Eternal Love dressed up in yet another different scene. As an Apocalypse movie? Terrible. Nothing original, with a skewed version of history and politics and economics. Okay, yes, you have capitals displaying the wealth of looted colonies throughout history. But the whole hunger games as a combination of bread and circus melded with social control through measured doses of hope? Bull. There was a line about sighing up more than once for the Games lottery to get extra food? This implied pervasive undernourishment, which was not seen in the characters, nor is it a way to control the population engaged in hard physical labor. If hard labor is not conducted as a forced death, as per the initial Indig mining in the New World, or in Nazi camps, then adequate food is needed. Both productivity wise and as social control. Not to mention the whole ridiculousness of the Games premise to begin with. Then there is the whole "Districts as colonies being exploited" schtick. What? No one has heard of the British Empire, the American Empire, or the Reconstruction in the South? This is a news flash for readers? I thought Sci-Fi was supposed to be a visionary niche. Not a tired cliché regurgitation. Also, the contrasts in the Districts, depicting 1930’s Great Depression Appalachian hovels, to the Capital with its shiny prosperity and genetically altered Games animals, might be approaching historical accuracy, but only really insofar as more Oriental despotic regimes. The memory of Western style more equalitarian history would not have already been eradicated in our countries near future memories. In sum, not realistic whatsoever. Just window dressing for a Harlequin in motion entertainment spectacle.
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