• “The Hunger Games” is the first part of a dystopian film trilogy.
  • The film series is based on the book series by Suzanne Collins.
  • Kabel eins is showing the first of the films today at 8:15 p.m.

In a morally failing society, underprivileged people engage in deadly competitions for the entertainment of others. If you are now thinking of the Netflix hit series ” Squid Game “, you are not wrong – but the idea is a bit older.

Gladiator fights between the poor and the disenfranchised to entertain decadent patricians are a real phenomenon of European antiquity and are also taken up in Suzanne Collins’ series of novels “The Hunger Games”.

The dystopian civilization on former US territory portrayed in the 2012 film adaptation is also reminiscent in many ways of ancient Rome, where amphitheaters still bear witness to the gruesome games of the past.

Jennifer Lawrence struggles to survive

In the dictatorship of Panem, the inhabitants of twelve districts are starving. Once a year, however, one girl and one boy from each district can fight for food for their fellow citizens – in so-called “Hunger Games”.

This voyeuristic gladiator fight among children is of course raised as an entertainment event to pass the time of the capital city residents living in luxury. The destitute rural population is also forced to watch.

In addition to Jennifer Lawrence, who takes part in the deadly games in place of her young sister, “The Hunger Games” also features many other stars with Woody Harrelson, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland and rock star Lenny Kravitz.

Kabel eins shows you the dystopian adventure today at 8:15 p.m. on free TV. If you have an account with Joyn Plus , you can watch the film there on demand.

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