Review: “The Hunger Games.”

Few narratives are more appealing than mandated fights to the death. They neatly distill conflict and tension, so dire stakes cultivate powerful symbols. The Hunger Games, the film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ wildly popular young adult novel, uses such a premise to explore the similarities between totalitarian oppression and adolescence. Under the direction of Gary Ross, this is satisfying science fiction, although the acting eclipses the action.

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