WhiteFang, on 09 April 2012 - 10:08 AM, said:
I am sure I can put this across without de-railing this topic completely and I do enjoy this movie. I am making a comparison and higlighting here, is because the killing portion and concept of a lone survivor at the end of it is the same as Battle Royale. Storyline, yes is different. Concept of the controlled environment is definitely quite similar. If you have watched it before on how the killing works, you will realise how similar it can be. Of course, I can list the details of the similarities of both such killing mechanisms and other relevant controlling factors. This is not something 'new' to me.
I agree it's similar to BR, but the problem I have with that is that both have historical and fictional groundings... from the real gladiator games to stories like "the lottery
" and "The Long Walk
," so while there are a lot of similarities, there are a lot of previous stories (and real history) that they both borrow from.
I think that's why the comparison bothers me - because while the Hunger Games is hardly completely original, neither is BR. Yet THG had my emotional level up quite high from before the "reaping" until the final moments... and less than half the movie was the actual "games." It's much more focused around a dystopian future and manipulative government, and how someone plays the "game" (not just the actual games) to win over the crowd. In fact, that makes comparisons with "Gladiator" even more valid... gladiator takes down Commodus by winning over the crowd.
I could go on all day about what's "borrowed" from what; it doesn't lessen either BR or THG in my opinion, but there is one important distinction: THG is much more focused on the politics (not sure that's the correct word for it), the "games" did not even start until well into the second half; BR is much more focused on the "battle."