Why Battle Royale is better than The Hunger Games
Overall I liked The Hunger Games (film) but after recently watching the 2000 movie, Battle Royale (which bears more than just a slight resemblance to the more recent, Hollywood offering) I decided I could come up with some obvious reasons why the Japanese film is just plain better.
1. It doesn’t sugarcoat the violence by removing most of the blood. In fact it revels in blood spraying. While this may not seem better in everyone’s (read those with more delicate, easy-to-offend) eyes, it is at least a tiny bit more realistic than the trickles of blood that appear in The Hunger Games movie.
2. It doesn’t take itself too seriously. While there are some moments where the film stumbles into deeper meanings (like when a card with Japanese writing comes up on the screen and ask: “Know what it all means?”) it also uses tongue-in-cheek deaths to great and sometime L-O-L effect. Like when a man who’s just been riddled with bullets from a semi-automatic gets up and answers the telephone.
3. The story moves. Quickly. While this may be more to do with the length of the stories (Battle Royale being short, and The Hunger Games having a lot more source material to cover) Battle Royale never really lets up in the relentless murdering stakes. It’s fast-paced with a few, lingering moments, whereas The Hunger Games sometimes slowed down to a point where I was able to check my watch.
4. It doesn’t shy away from the horror of children killing other children. Battle Royale is focused on showing what people will do to survive and what they won’t. It realistically portrays the options of the people who have been placed on this island. Not everyone who goes on the island is happy or actually able to kill to ensure there own survival (a few commit suicide or die to save their friends), and that includes the lead character, Shuya.
Anything to add fellow movie fans? Or do you disagree in an almost hostile way?
Jamie's 31 Films of 2012
This is a feature I am shamelessly ripping off from my #1 fan over at Gibby Phills. Basically it is a very simple idea, you name your top 31 films of the year, one for every day of January, every day until you reveal your no.1 film of the year.
You can click each entry and it will take you through to the trailer for the film. There will be a dedicated slot on my home page for this ongoing feature as well as the latest film entry in the “featured” section underneath my avatar.
BEHOLD! Another red carpet moment for Jamie…
So I spent my weekend doing a HP marathon
Yes it was awesome
I remembered why I don’t like some of the films
So, the cynic/grumpy bitch in me has decided to do a feature on things that are just NO with the Harry Potter film franchise
That’ll probably be the title, if I can’t find a more eloquent way to put it
Seriously though be warned
Aside from the obvious spoilers (although by now who hasn’t read HP? I mean really), expect strong opinions and maybe even some strong language
I spoil you don’t I?