The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Since winning the Hunger Games with their clever strategy, Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark have become targets of the Capitol. Rebellion is on the rise, and the vile President Snow believes the best way to quench it is a Quarter Quell unlike the world has ever seen. Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson star; Francis Lawrence directs.
When you're a teenager, it's easy to feel like the world is out to get you. Well, in the case of the heroes and heroines of these YA-inspired movies, that's not teen angst making them feel that way. It's just the way their worlds work. Whether it's class warfare, generational differences, or alien invasion, each of these protagonists is forced to fight for their lives as the world around them crumbles.
The Hunger Games (2012) Based on the first novel in Suzanne Collins' wildly popular YA trilogy, this thriller introduces huntress Katniss Everdeen as a resourceful and guarded young woman who must use all her skills to live when she's hurled into the cruel Hunger Games. A spectacle arranged by a tyrannical government, these nationally televised games pit children from across the country of Panem against each other in a kill or be killed battle that not only threatens their lives, but also their sense of humanity. Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth star; Gary Ross directs.
Battle Royale (2000) For something similar in concept but more graphic in its execution, this Japanese cult hit based on Koushun Takami's novel should please. In a dystopian future, a heinous government forces a classroom of ninth graders to turn on their friends and fight to the death. Where the Hunger Games' contenders at least get some advanced notice on their battle, the kids in this movie are thrown into the fray abruptly and without any training. The results are mayhem and murder. Tatsuya Fujiwara, Aki Maeda, Tarô Yamamoto, and Takeshi Kitano star; Kinji Fukasaku directs.
The Host (2013) Based on the sci-fi novel by Stephanie Meyer, this adventure story focuses on the battle for mankind's survival following an invasion by a parasitic alien race that use people as their hosts. One such alien called Wanderer is put into the body of teen rebel Melanie Stryder (Saoirse Ronan). But Wanderer finds Melanie is still there, though she can't speak to anyone but this intruder. Warring for ownership of Melanie's body as well as the future of Earth itself, this extraterrestrial and human are forced into a quest that will change how they see their enemy. Max Irons and Jake Abel co-star; Andrew Niccol directs.