Movies

The Hunger Games

However Hunger Games was conceived as a story, it’s apparent that it is fundamentally about, well, hunger.  To it’s viewers it poses the question, what if a cataclysmic event sets off the population to rise and fight each other for food? Look no farther than China who’s making it’s way toward Panatag Shoal in the hope of securing an energy gold mine to know that the possibility of a triggered global food war is high.  It is in fact happening now, in subtle ways.

In the movie, two young people are pitted against each other.  They are told to play fair but we see soon enough nobody among the authorities – the rule makers – play fair.  In fact, in the midst of play, toward the end of the game, a new rule is devised: Only one of them should emerge the winner.  This meant they must fight each other.  But the young warriors decide it’s better that both of them should die than one of them alive.  True love?  I’ll be cynical and say replace these two people with real world “warring” countries.  What do you think the outcome is?  Right.  There’s no such thing as true love between countries.

But these two people are different.  They showed to the corrupt authorities the meaning of sacrifice in a world that questions its relevance.  They’re in effect the change makers.

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