The Hunger Games
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, Alexander Ludwig, Wes Bentley, Stanley Tucci
Directed by: Gary Ross
The plot: In the future, North America has been destroyed and in its place is Panem comprising the wealthy and powerful Capitol and 12 surrounding, poorer districts. Every year, one boy and one girl aged 12 to 18 are selected by lottery from each district to take part in The Hunger Games: a televised fight to the death in an arena under the control of the Capitol.
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