The Hunger Games Lives Up to the Hype: PEOPLE Review

Jennifer Lawrence

03/20/2012 AT 6:00 AM ET

Katniss Everdeen’s (Jennifer Lawrence’s) life was difficult enough before she was forced to try to kill 23 other children on national television.

Fatherless and starving in District 12, the mining center of dystopian future world Panem, she takes her little sister Prim’s (Willow Shields’s) place as a tribute, fighting to the death in an elaborate spectacle broadcast as a reality show.

To add poison to the sting, Katniss is expected to kill her own teammate, Peeta (The Kids Are All Right’s charming Josh Hutcherson), a sweet boy who has a crush on her.


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