Appealing to the Basest Instincts
The games are broadcast to the nation in the form of a reality-show, complete with TV hosts who analyze the action, interview the tributes and judge their performance. The tributes are so indoctrinated in this culture that they readily accept the rules of the game and turn are fully willing to start killing to win the Games.
Will the movie help young people realize this fact?
At one point in “The Hunger Games”, the death of a little girl shocked the people to a point that it brought a brief moment of lucidity and solidarity as the kill highlighted the atrocity of the Games. The live broadcasting of the death lead to a violent uprising in her district as the locals realized that they were willing participants in something terrible.
The worldwide reach of “The Hunger Games” series itself proves that stories that cleverly feature the ingredients of sex and violence are bound to get people hooked. And, even though “The Hunger Games” seems to be denouncing the perversity of violence in mass media, it sure brings more of it into movie theatres.
Desensitizing to a New Type of Violence
While there is no shortage of violence in Hollywood, “The Hunger Games” movie crosses a boundary that is rarely seen in movies: Violence by minors and towards minors.
“The Hunger Games” is set in world that is exactly what is described to be the New World Order: A rich and powerful elite, an exploited and dumbed-down mass of people, the dissolving of democracies into a police state entities, high-tech surveillance, mass media used for propaganda and a whole lot of blood rituals.