Ric’s Netflix Picks: “Battle Royale” vs. “The Hunger Games”

Battle Royale vs. Hunger Games

Some say you cannot compare apples and oranges.

Well I can and will, in a manner of speaking.

Both Battle Royale and The Hunger Games feature groups of young people set to compete against each other with the intent to be the last man standing. Battle Royale, being entirely in Japanese, crackles with the intensity of incredible violence. That fact that the characters are schoolmates makes their lives and deaths carry significant weight, perhaps even more so than in The Hunger GamesThe Hunger Games follows Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) – who volunteers for the games in place of her randomly selected sister – as she battles to retain her humanity amid the chaos that surrounds her. We see her personal decisions shape larger events as she cultivates allies and evades her enemies.

These two films have common elements but are dramatically different, which makes the comparison unjust. Battle Royale is more enjoyable even though a large amount of effort goes into the viewing. With a sizable cast we see small snippets of a few of the characters that gives their struggles meaning. Featuring Woody Harrelson in the supporting cast, The Hunger Games is fun ride that aims to be something bigger than it is. Setting the stage for a political revolution, the coming sequels (Catching Fire, Mockingjay – Part 1 and Mockingjay – Part 2) will most likely prove it so. That being said, do not bother with Battle Royale II: Requiem (rating: 1.8 out of 5.0).

After watching both, advise Snippet Studios of your opinion!

Rating:

Hunger Games   3.1 out of 5

Battle Royale     3.2 out of 5

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