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The Hunger Games Full-Length Trailer Is Grim And Great

The first full-length trailer for The Hunger Games debuted for a horde of screaming fans on Good Morning America today, and the full version has gone online at You can watch it in high-res over there, and if you felt burned by the super-quick sneak peek from August, have faith: this trailer shows a lot. A lot. And it's pretty terrific to boot. Watch it embedded below.

I love the fact that it tells the story leading up to when Katniss and Peeta enter the arena, but doesn't give away anything that happens there. The world of The Hunger Games is so rich that there's plenty of intriguing stuff to see without getting into the real mayhem that happens in the arena-- Effie Triket's crazy makeup may not be as impressive as the beasts in the arena, but for a trailer it's a pretty good start. We get our first glimpse at a lot of the main characters, including Katniss, Gale and Peeta of course, but also Lenny Kravitz as Cinna, Donald Sutherland as President Snow (already more of a factor here than he was in the first book), and Woody Harrelson wearing a serious blond mop as Haymitch. Even the scenery is exciting to see, both in the way it looks exactly like you might expect from the book-- District 12 looks spot-on-- and how it might be even spookier than in the book-- I always imagined Katniss's trip to the Capitol as being all plush and cushy, but the scene of her having her legs waxed is more terrifying than anything. And the quick vista we get of the Capitol looks less like a city we know today and more like futuristic bunkers, probably exactly what the Capitol would have to look like after surviving decades of war.

If you're not familiar with The Hunger Games this might look a lot more grim and overdramatic than you were expecting, and in some way that's necessary-- this is the big new teen-centric literary sensation in the vein of Twilight, but it's also way more violent and serious than that franchise ever dreamed of. But hopefully this trailer also hints at some of the action to come-- The Hunger Games is serious, but it should also make for an action movie that's really fun to sit through. Watch the trailer and watch it again to get all the details, then continue counting down the days until the movie's release on March 23 next year. For everything else you need to know about the movie, check out our Blend Film Database.

View screenshots from the above trailer here.

Katey Rich

Staff Writer at CinemaBlend