"Hunger Games" Movie Review, by David BaySubmitted by frank1 on Sun, 04/15/2012 - 11:00
Subtitle: The key to understanding this movie message is to focus on the Elite Willy Wonka type citizenry of this kingdom of Panem (New World Order), not only the Hunger Games or the Tributes or the all-pervasive control of the Absolute Dictatorship.
Perhaps this movie IS an accurate depiction of the coming New Order!
As of this writing, the movie "The Hunger Games" is the #1 box office producer.
People loved the book and now they are loving the movie, even though the visuals demonstrate extreme violence, bloodshed and immense unhappiness. Is this the kind of society we have become? I think so. For the past 30 years, people have loved visuals of extreme violence, bloodshed and the occult. Thirty years ago, people were mesmerized by Rock Music from groups like Black Sabbath and K.I.S.S. (Knights In Satan's Service). Today, people are mesmerized by movies, TV shows, and books about vampires and their human lovers.
Additionally, people today love the genre of "reality TV".
Given this background, I was not at all surprised to learn that people are ready for this kind of depressing movie.
In the country of Panem, there are only two kinds of citizens:
1) The slaves -- from whose ranks the Tributes were chosen. Each district seemed to serve as a huge outdoor prison. The heroine, Katness, was seen slipping through the electronic fence marking off the boundary of the district, so she could hunt wild animals on government land.
2) The Elite -- evidently, all the Elite lived in the Capitol, for I saw none of them living in the districts.
"The Hunger Games ... is set in the country of Panem, a post-apocalyptic version of North America. Every year the government in the Capitol organizes an event known as the Hunger Games: a bloody, gladiator-style fight-to-the-death battle between 24 randomly-selected teenagers from the oppressed Districts of Panem. To top it all off, the carnage is broadcast live on television – as entertainment for the residents of the Capitol and a reminder to the residents of the Districts of the totalitarian government’s ultimate power."
"... we meet our heroine and protagonist, Katniss Everdeen. An experienced hunter, Katniss is a killer with a bow and arrow from District 12, a poor coal-mining region in the country of Panem. Katniss is a tough-as-nails survivor with a rebellious streak a mile wide ... The other lead character we meet .... is Katniss’s co-tribute from District 12: the charming baker’s son, Peeta Mellark. Unlike Katniss, Peeta is a bit of a softy, is great at decorating cakes, and is very much infatuated with his co-tribute, Katniss. That’s, of course, where things get complicated: Katniss and Peeta begin to play up an on-camera romance between the two of them in order to win over the audiences at home and gain sponsors. While playing star-crossed lovers for the camera proves to be a powerful and effective strategy – what exactly happens when those cameras stop rolling?" ("The Hunger Games", Schmoop Review)
These Hunger Games are the 74th Annual Games, and are announced by two Establishment entertainment hosts, both of whom are so syrupy as to make the average person sick; but, these hosts are not playing to average people, they are playing to the average jaded citizens of Panem, a theme to which we shall soon return.
All 24 Tributes -- 2 from each of the 12 districts -- are spirited from their district to the Capitol in a speed train. While enroute, each Tribute is introduced to their coaching and stylist team, who will prepare them to try to win this game and so stay alive. During the train trip, each Tribute is introduced to fancy foods and powerful drinks which they have never seen before in their impoverished way of life in the districts.
After arriving in the Capitol, each pair of Tributes is prepared by their team to make the greatest impression possible on the minds of the sponsors, because sponsors can make the difference between living and dying during the Games. The coaching team of Katness and Peeta decide that the way in which they can make the most visual impact during the horse/chariot ride which introduces them to the audience and to the sponsors is to dress them as Roman gladiators with fake fire streaming from the each of their backs
I noticed that the entire Hunger Games and the area / stadium in which they were held reminded me greatly of the Ancient Roman Games. Even most of the architecture of the stadium and of the city seeme old Roman.
Do you remember the Ancient Roman era and the role which government organized games played, primarily designed to keep the minds of the Roman citizens off the reality that the Empire was slowly crumbling all around the edges? The more pronounced the collapse became, the more the Roman government pushed the daily gladiator type games. This entire Hunger Games seemed to me to be as much, or more, organized more for the benefit of the Elite citizens of Panem than for the expressed purpose of keeping each of the districts in line by reminding them how horrific their rebellion had cost them. One fact which struck me hard in the early part of the movie was that the stadium and its facilities, and the Entertainment industry designed to promote the entertainment, were permanent, whereas the Hunger Games as only an annual event; in other words, other types of games had to exist throughout the year, to keep the Elite citizenry occupied all year long.
We shall return to this focus on the Elite citizenry of Panem shortly, but for now, let us return to the synopsis of this movie.
Before the training began, each Tribute was forcibly injected with an electronic marker through a large syringe. I cringed, thinking of the ultimate "Mark of the Beast".
Once the training of the Tributes was completed -- in full view of television cameras so everyone in the entire country could watch -- the time for the deadly competition was at hand. The entire arena was as completely closed in as was the movie set on the "Truman Show" by Jim Carey. TV cameras were everywhere so that everything each of the Tributes did and said during the competition was seen and heard all over the country in real time. In fact, each citizen of each district was required by law to watch the entire games.
Since every citizen of Panem could see every event occurring in real time, they saw whenever one Tribute killed another; they saw all the blood and all the gore and all the noise of the battle. The slave citizens were genuinely distressed when they saw one of their own Tributes murdered, but the citizenry of the Elite felt genuine elation at the slaying of each Tribute. We shall return later to the lack of genuine emotion or feeling on the part of the Elite, but they seemed truly elated when they saw the blood and the murder of each competitor in the Games -- just as the average Roman citizen felt during the bloody daily gladiator battles in the old Roman Capitol.
As each of the 22 other Tributes died, an announcement was made over the loud speaker in this huge enclosed arena that another Tribute had died and his / her picture was displayed all over the arena for other Tributes to see and all over the country for all citizens to see. One by one, all Tributes died, save for three - Katness, Peeta and Cato.
As Katness and Peeta began to work their way back to the beginning of the Games, where they would be crowned victor, the electronic monitor of these Games ordered one of his assistants to activate some sort of electronic wild tiger. This tiger then turned into an actual animal once placed on the ground. One author seemed to think that each of these tigers was generated through one of the dead Tributes, but I never saw that connection.
At any rate, Katness and Peeta suddenly had 21 hungry, vicious tigers running after them, trying to tear them to bits. They jumped up on a metal structure composed of several layers. As long they stayed on top of this contraption, they were safe because the tigers could not jump very high. Suddenly, the only other Tribute still alive -- Cato -- was on the metal structure, trying his best to kill both Katness and Peeta. After a considerable battle, where Peeta vigorously defended his love, Katness, Cato was thrown off the structure and ripped apart by the beasts.
After Cato was killed, the only two Tributes left were Katness and Peeta. The rules stipulated that one must kill the other because only one Tribute could survive. However, neither Katness or Peeta were willing to kill each other, so they resolved to simultaneously ingest toxic berries they had picked up in the forest; therefore, both surviving Tributes would die, depriving the Dictatorship from championing a victor and handing the slaves a symbolic victory. Seconds before Katness and Peeta were to take the berries, the Director of the Games announced that, this year, the Games would have a double champion. The two sweethearts thus became heroes to all slaves, but especially to the citizens of District # 12.
As Katness and Peeta were arriving at the capitol of District # 12 where adoring throngs were awaiting, Peeta realized that Katness did not really love him. Her expressions of love during the Hunger Games was simply for show. Her main love was a boy back home.
This brief explanation captures the highlights of the movie plot. I do believe that the creators of this book / movie did, indeed, intend to capture life in the coming New World Order. The Illuminati plans to establish this new global Order after the World War III which shall place Antichrist on the world scene; therefore, this plot of the "Hunger Games" is entirely correct being set in a post-apocalyptic America.
The dictator wields Absolute Power, life and death power over every single citizen, both the slaves and the Elite. This dictator is President Coriolanus Snow and he is revealed to be a cold-hearted, ruthless and blood-thirsty tyrant. Not only does he routinely kill slaves but he even has his own Director of the Games killed after he botches the conclusion of the games, as he was trapped by Katness' and Peeta's threatened double suicide; and this Director was told just minutes earlier by the President that he liked him! This depiction of Dictator Snow is consistent with the nature of Antichrist -- not as deeply sadistic and bloodthirsty of the coming Man of Sin, but in the same vein.
Willy Wonka Costumes The Key
From the beginning, I was stunned and puzzled by the reality that citizens of the Elite dressed in highly colorful costumes and hats and colored hair which reminded me so strongly of the stunning movie, "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory". As you can see from this picture of "Willy Wonka", people died their hair and word colorful -- even outlandish -- costumes.
Why would the author of this movie choose to portray the average citizen of the Elite as though they had stepped right out of the Willy Wonka movie of 1971? In fact, the Elite citizens of "Hunger Games" were far more outlandishly dressed than the Willy Wonka citizens. All of them had colorful and outlandish costumes, and all had colored hair. At least some of the characters in Willy Wonka wore normal clothes.
But, my attention was drawn to the facial expressions of the citizens of the Elite in Panem. Their faces looked artificially happy, almost to the point of being plastic. Their laughter seemed very pained and very superficial.
When they did show some emotion -- as at the revelation that Katness and Peeta were in love -- even that emotion seemed forced and plastic. The narrators of the Games exhibited even greater forced and phony expressions of happiness and enthusiasm.
This entire representation of the Elite citizenry of Panem communicated to me that, even for the rich and famous people of Panem, there was no genuine happiness. The only "happiness" in the whole kingdom was fake and shallow. Therefore, President Snow had created an entire succession of different types of Games in order to keep the focus of the people on entertainment so they would not realize how empty their lives truly were. Several times, the narrator announced that this was the 74th annual Hunger Games, which told me that the Hunger Games were held once a year; yet, the stadium and the competition facilities were so very expensive that they had to be used constantly, perhaps even daily.
Throughout this movie, I saw many similarities with Ancient Rome. Not only the bloody barbaric nature of the gladiators, but also some of the costumes and some of the architecture were clearly Roman. In the old Roman Empire, the government during the last 200 years began promoting daily games in order to keep the restive population of Roman citizens placated and to keep them from focusing on news of the crumbling Roman Empire.
In fact, historians now believe that one of the signs that a society is crumbling is the emergence of constant and well-funded entertainment to keep the citizens from thinking of anything that is of real substance. That happened in Ancient Rome and it is happening in America today. When average citizens do not know the name of their Vice President, but know all about Lady Gaga, you know our society is crumbling. When churches are mostly empty on a Sunday morning, but the local NFL team packs 80,000+ fans in a stadium just a few miles away, you know our society is crumbling.
Such is the society of this New Order, Panem. Its citizens are phony, shallow and plastic. They need to be entertained constantly, probably daily, in order to stay placated. On the other hand, the slaves in the outlying 12 Districts seem genuine. They have families that look normal, even though they are hungry. Their relationship ties seem normal and their families seem functional. Their spirits seem bruised by the repressive dictatorship, but are defiantly alive.
The only hope for mankind in this post-apocalyptic New Order is that, one day, the slaves will overthrow the Absolute Dictator and rule themselves once again.
These are the true messages and themes in this most interesting movie, "The Hunger Games". The fact that this book / movie would be popular in today's pre-apocalyptic world is truly remarkable, for these seem to portend the coming New World Order and its Absolute Dictator, Maitreya the Christ, the prophesied Man of Sin.
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