In a dystopian America, people in thirteen impoverished districts struggle for survival, oppressed by a wealthy minority. To keep the peace, the governing Capitol stages a yearly tournament in which ‘tributes’ from each district fight to the death on live television. These tributes, selected at random, are young people aged between twelve and eighteen.
When her beloved little sister is chosen, sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) volunteers to go in her place. In a competition where losing means certain death, there’s no room for friendship – even with fellow-tribute Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), who once saved her life years ago. Swept away from her family and forced into the arena, under the guiding hand of drunken mentor Haymitch (Woody Harrelson) and the eye of the whole populace, nobody expects her to last very long.
A lifetime of struggling against the odds, however, has taught Katniss a few valuable lessons. Not only will she refuse to go quietly, but she might just change the game forever.
Welcome to the Hunger Games!