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The Hunger Games

Game ? or a Subliminal Effort to Desensitize Teenagers  About Death ? 

by Albert Angulo

 I  found myself  on Sunday afternoon, waiting at a movie theater with some reservation and not too much excitement, for one of the most expected movies of the season, “The Hunger Games,” which  is a young-adult novel written by Suzanne Collins that  was first published on September 14, 2008, by Scholastic, in hardcover.  It is written in the voice of sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen  who lives in a post-apocalyptic  world in the country of Panem;  in my opinion, a very fatalistic and communistic, not to mention, masonic point-of-view of the future, where the countries of North America once existed. The Capitol, a highly advanced metropolis, holds absolute power over the rest of the nation, ruled by a socialist regimen and a dictator of advanced age, played by Donald Sutherland.  The Hunger Games are an annual event in which one boy and one girl aged 12 to 18 from each of the 12 districts surrounding the Capitol are selected by lottery to compete in a televised battle in which only one person can survive.

The movie was able to collect more than 155 million dollars on its first weekend, which shockingly, is enough money to feed the population of this planet several times. Ironic isn’t  it?  We drag ourselves to watch a movie that pretends to create consciousness about world hunger while it makes millions that could easily be used to feed those in need.  Nevertheless, as a movie, I found it incredibly boring and honestly, I was  waiting for way more scenes to keep me pasted to the screen.  Logistics in this piece of ” the seventh art ” is very slow.  They take too long to develop the history and there are way too many silent moments, which led me to wander in my thoughts instead of being completely submerged in the show.

Now I have  established that this movie wasn’t really my favorite of this season, but there was also something I found completely disturbing about it: not only is it fatalistic and racially exclusive, but I believe it very quietly tries to desensitize our teenagers about death and murder by  placing in front of them, uncountable scenes of violence and enjoyment of killing.  The director of the movie tried to defend himself by saying it was Katniss’s perspective, but the reality is that teenagers in this country are already attacked by pretty bad influences and I don’t think they need another opportunity to see people killing other people just for the fun of it and in such a natural way; so I would strongly recommend that parents see this movie before they drive their teenagers to the theater.  We all have the right to decide what our kids’ minds are fed with. Along the way they are going to find many people who will try to tell them who they are and how they should behave; so we should make sure we tell them first, let them know we care, and be the first and most important influence for them or someone or perhaps something else will . 

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