I haven't read the books. I hadn't even had any serious urge to see the movies--they were just on my "I'll probably watch them through Netflix sometime" list. In other words, I had not yet embraced what has become an absolute pop culture phenomenon in the past year or so.
But The Hunger Games ended up being one of the most provocative, powerful movies I have ever seen. I tend to get pretty philosophical when I watch movies and to try to look for the life lessons/ allegories to life in most movies I see, and this movie provided more than enough food for thought. To me, it was a powerful social commentary that raised timeless questions about life. Like these:
- What if you were a teenager and your very life literally depended on how popular you were?
- What are humans capable of when they are left to their own devices and their base survival instincts?
- How can you exert some control over your life when you live in a totalitarian society?
- What is stronger than fear for your life?
- Would you be willing to die to save someone you loved?
- And the most intense question of all: Would you be willing to kill to save someone you loved?