DVD: The Hunger Games, For retail & rental (Lionsgate)

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The Independent Culture

As in Suzanne Collins's zillion-selling, post-apocalyptic novels, a teenage girl (Jennifer Lawrence) has to fight 23 other teens to the death in a televised contest.

Maybe that seems like a viable premise in the books, but in the film there are far too many questions which aren't answered: for starters, what's the point of the games, anyway? The film's pretensions to be a serious, furrow-browed indie drama seem grievously misplaced.