The Hunger Games – Movie Plot Outline and Characters
Based on the best-selling trilogy of novels by Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games is directed by Gary Ross. Set in the ruins what was once North America, the evil Capitol of the nation of Panem forces a boy and a girl between the ages of 12-18 from each of its 12 districts to compete in the Hunger Games. The Hunger Games are a punishment for a past uprising and an ongoing intimidation tactic by the government. The games are a nationally televised event where “tributes” fight one another until a lone survivor remains.
Sixteen-year-old heroine Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) takes her younger sister’s place as a tribute from District 12 in the 74th Hunger Games. Since food is lacking in the coal mining district, Katniss illegally hunts for food in the woods with her friend Gale. She is quite handy with her bow and arrow.
Gale (Liam Hemsworth) is Katniss’ best friend from District 12, and is an expert at archery and trapping. His unbridled devotion to Katniss stems from his secret love for her.
Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) is the male tribute chosen from District 12 alongside Katniss. He has known Katniss since they were five, even though he has never spoken to her until the Hunger Games. He saved her life when they were 11 by giving her a burnt loaf of bread from his father’s bakery. He, too, loves Katniss and reveals his love for her during the games.
Haymitch (Woody Harrelson) is the District 12 mentor to Katniss and Peeta for the Hunger Games. He previously won the 50th games as a 16-year-old tribute from District 12. Since then, he has turned to alcohol to escape what happened to him during the games. However, his cleverness proves beneficial for Katniss and Peeta.
Effie (Elizabeth Banks) is a Capitol chaperone to Katniss and Peeta during the Hunger Games. She aspires for a promotion from District 12, but it slowly grows on her. She has bright pink hair and is strict about manners.
Cinna (Lenny Kravitz) is Katniss’ stylist and designs her elaborate outfits for the Hunger Games. He becomes close friends with her and supports the resistance to the Capitol.
President Coriolanus Snow
President Snow (Donald Sutherland) is the ruler of the Capitol and entire country of Panem. He is one of the most evil and feared characters in The Hunger Games and always wears a white rose in his lapel to cover the scent of blood.