First ‘The Hunger Games’ Clip Completely Ignored

The Hunger Games

We’ve been keeping our coverage of Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games to an absolute minimum until we know exactly what kind of movie it is. I’m getting the feeling this will be more “teen” than the original promise of Battle Royale meets Running Man. Still, it looks kind of cool.

In theaters March 23 from director Gary Ross, we’ve landed the first official clip that displays Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) showing off her bow and arrow skills, only she’s being completely ignored.

Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the evil Capitol of the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. A twisted punishment for a past uprising and an ongoing government intimidation tactic, The Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which “Tributes” must fight with one another until one survivor remains.

Pitted against highly-trained Tributes who have prepared for these Games their entire lives, Katniss (Lawrence) is forced to rely upon her sharp instincts as well as the mentorship of drunken former victor Haymitch Abernathy. If she’s ever to return home to District 12, Katniss must make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.