And American Cinema needs to grow a pair. Now I'm almost never the type to say "oh, the book is so much better!" and a lot of those people annoy me anyway, but in this case, yes, the book was so much better. Characters were far more interesting and definitely more violent. I understand there's always going to be controversy when it deals with gore and children on screen, but if you're too scare to deal with it, don't make a movie on The Hunger Games. Compared to Battle Royale, this movie was child's play. Overall, it wasn't a bad movie... solid, I was mildly entertained and moved, should have been much better... it was missing the heart and tension the book had. Gotta give credit to the lead role (Jennifer Lawrence), who also played Mystique in X-Men: First Class, she looks like she's the next big female actress.