Comments on: The State Still Wins In ‘The Hunger Games’ Property - Prosperity - Peace Fri, 01 May 2015 23:46:39 +0000 hourly 1 By: andrew loyd-clay Fri, 16 Nov 2012 16:13:41 +0000 so who wins the hunger games

By: Sean Thu, 12 Apr 2012 16:51:13 +0000 As a libertarian and fan of this movie and book, I really respect your thoughtful article here.

However, have you seen the movie or read the book yourself? As the other comments have said, the state is eventually overthrown. Additionally, the specific way in which the main character wins the games is not seen as serving the government’s purposes. It is seen as a huge affront to government authority, and that is the backdrop to the entire second book. The main character’s actions at the end of the first book/movie are so defiant and provocative that it sparks a revolution. This is made clear in the first pages of the 2nd book.

Aside from those issues, the aim of the movie is not to entertain movie-goers by having kids kill each other on screen. The aim is to criticize a culture that WOULD be entertained by that. It is social commentary. It takes some of the most troubling aspects of our culture and turns the volume up on them in order to provoke thought.

As far as movies that do have violence, on a scale of 1 to 10 concerning how graphic and gratuitous the violence is, I would rate this movie at about a 2. Most action movies these days I’d rate at 7 or 8.

The violence does not occupy most of the time in the movie and is only shown to the extent that the viewer understands what has happened, for the purpose of storytelling. It is not graphic beyond that at all. Someone looking to be entertained by violence would find this movie boring.

The killing is portrayed as bad and evil by the story itself. It is intended to sicken us that a govt. forces children to do this. It is not intended to entertain us.

The main character is portrayed as a hero NOT because of her prowess in the games but because she shows love in defiance of a culture and govt. that would have her kill for entertainment. Of the 24 contestants in the games, only 3 are killed because of her actions and in all 3 cases she is either acting in self-defense or coming to the defense of a weaker individual (like a 12-year-old girl that she befriends).

I don’t like action movies with gratuitous violence. I loved this movie because it is incredibly moving and poignant. I loved it because of the glimpses of humanity and tenderness in the midst of inhumanity and brutality. Very powerful movie in my opinion.

By: Håkan Tue, 03 Apr 2012 03:59:04 +0000 There are three books, this movie only covers the first. Might want to hold comments on the ending gives :)

By: Jeff Doolittle Tue, 03 Apr 2012 03:27:55 +0000 It seems that much of this post is based on the first book and movie. I don’t want to post any spoilers, but I believe the end of the 3rd novel contradicts some of the assertions made above regarding government power and government winning in the end.