NextMovie’s Eight Biggest Surprises from The Hunger Games Movie

NextMovie.com has done a spectacular job covering The Hunger Games, and yesterday they came out with a piece we truly enjoyed. For their full breakdown and analysis, click HERE!

Leven Rambin smiling for the camera

Here are their eight biggest — and best — surprises. We kind of agree with all of them!

Foxface and Katniss Bump into Each Other

We weren’t expecting Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and the sneaky Foxface (Jacqueline Emerson) to become, um, acquainted so early in the Games … but we really did like watching the two jointly opt for the flight (as opposed to fight) strategy to survival after colliding into one another. It definitely set them apart from the viciousness underway back at the Cornucopia.

Cato and Glimmer Sittin’ Under a Tree

It was a pretty gossip-worthy shocker that Glimmer (Leven Rambin) and Cato (Alexander Ludwig) – who were equally good-looking and arrogant, come to think of it – became a cross-district item during “The Hunger Games.” In the books, it seemed like Cato might’ve had a shine for his own district’s Clove (Isabelle Fuhrman), but we can’t lie, we kinda dug the movie matching.

Donald Sutherland as President Snow and Wes Bentley as Seneca Crane in "The Hunger Games"

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Snow’s Perspective on the Games

We knew we’d get to see a little more of President Snow (Donald Sutherland) in the film than we’d read about, but what we did not foresee was how thoroughly his position on the Games would be represented. We loved seeing him in his rose garden dishing out knowledge on how to keep the masses in check. It was a great set up for the bigger picture (and, of course, the sequel “Catching Fire”).

Revolution Hits District 11

Director Gary Ross did tease that there’d be a peek at the discontent in District 11 in the movie, but we had no idea it’d be so intense! It was almost like an early glimpse at the ruckus of “Mockingjay.” And who didn’t fist pump when those Capitol grain supplies went down? Well played, Steven Soderbergh.

Caesar Flickerman Running the Show

Having Caesar Flickerman (Stanley Tucci) serve as a bizarre pacemaker for the movie was darn effective. For one, those moments where he popped in Capitol TV-style were madly entertaining reminders that this was a show, and they also helped to move the action forward. Everyone knew Tucci would bring pure gold to the role, but we didn’t expect him to have so much good screen time to work with.

Haymitch’s Star-Crossed Lovers Play

It was well-anticipated that Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson) would use the “star-crossed lovers from District 12″ bit in his sponsorship efforts, but the movie added a twist by having him put the dual victors concept into motion. Not only was it nice to see how that game change came about, but it was also great to watch Haymitch work it for both of his mentees.

Alexander Ludwig as Cato in "The Hunger Games"

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Cato’s Descent into Madness

In the muttation-driven battle between Cato, Katniss and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), we loved it when Peeta put his throwing strength to good use and chucked that career tribute right over his shoulders to protect his lady. But what was even better was Cato’s final monologue. While he started out tough and eager to bring “honor” to his district, by the end, of it he’d become just crazy enough to realize how senseless the Games were. Those lines added some really interesting complexity to the scene.

Seneca and the Berries

Perhaps the biggest surprise of all was the moment Seneca Crane (Wes Bentley), having just allowed two out-lying district tributes to out-maneuver him, was locked in a room  to find a bowl of nightlock berries awaiting. Throughout the movie, he was clearly under warning not to disappoint, and we readers of the books knew things wouldn’t pan out so well for him. Still, this scene served as a testament to both the gravity of his mistake and Snow’s wicked cleverness.

Read their full article HERE!

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Hunger Games Reactions: Adam Spunberg & Savanna New

Hunger Games Fireside Chat hosts Adam Spunberg (me) and Savanna New were lucky enough to attend the Hunger Games Premiere in Los Angeles, and as you can see from their post-movie reactions, it had quite an effect on them.

Image from Savanna New of HGFiresideChat.com

One of the reasons I’m posting this is so you can grasp just how powerful this film is, without reading any spoilers. For the full piece from HGFiresidechat.com, CLICK HERE!

Adam: When I entered the Nokia Theater dressed in several months of heart-palpitating anticipation, I thought I knew what to expect. After a deluge of trailers, teasers, TV spots, stills, companion books, interviews, fan commentary, Lionsgate press releases — we were exposed to it all, and surely those tiny flames would weld together like well-crafted jigsaw pieces into a puzzle we had already envisioned. What I never imagined is how those little specks could be so camouflaging, and that hidden beneath a mountain of brilliantly marketed bread and fire was a multi-layered volcano of molten rock and extraordinary depth. It spewed lava into my soul and scorched me deep within, so that what was once a collection of glittering parts became an emotional end to a journey well worth taking, and worth reliving many times over.

Savanna: I’m actually glad I waited a couple of days to write this, because my knee-jerk reaction to the film was so “oh my god, this is beautiful and brilliant and perfect” that I doubt most of you would have believed me. No book-to-movie adaptation is ever 100% satisfying; no movie surrounded by this much hype and scrutiny and analysis (on the part of the fans — including me) could possibly be that flawless. Yet here I am, four days later, just as happy with this product that we’ve all been anticipating for a year. Can I imagine a truer, more faithful adaptation of the book? No. Not unless it was six to eight hours long. Were a lot of small changes/deletions/additions made during the transition from page to screen? Yes — and some of them surprised me — but they were all essential and amazing. In fact — and this may come as a shock to some — my favorite scene in the film is one that doesn’t exist ANYWHERE in the book. Gary Ross and all those involved in the creation of this movie have managed to capture the tone and the heart and the courageous spirit of Suzanne Collins’ story to an extent that I never thought possible (but sincerely hoped for). I laughed, I cried, I was torn apart and pieced back together again. I have never seen a movie like The Hunger Games before, and I’ve seen a LOT of movies; this is the kind of movie that has the power to change both Hollywood and the world. And I think it will.

The Fireside Chat podcast airs every Monday at 10 p.m. ET. Have you listened to the last episode yet? LISTEN HERE!