Is 'The Hunger Games' the Ultimate Sports Movie?

BR5Daily ShowMarch 23, 2012

Is "The Hunger Games" the best sports movie of all time? Well, let's break it down.

Did you love the NFL combine? Are you a fan of the Olympics? Did you know that New York Sports Club has a new class inspired by "The Hunger Games" called "Train Like A Tribute"? 

The film, based on the first book of the successful Suzanne Collins "The Hunger Games" trilogy, is in theaters now. "The Hunger Games" takes place in a dystopian future North America where each year two children are picked from 12 different districts to train for a winner-take-all battle to the death. 

Before the tributes (kids from each district) enter the arena, they spend days at an NFL combine-like training center where "scouts" can watch each participant perfect their individual skills and decide if they want to "draft" that tribute. In terms of "The Hunger Games" world, the draft means you will be sponsored by a certain high figure that will send you extra items in the arena.

Once in the arena the tributes have to battle to the death, but each tribute has a certain skill they excel at, from MMA wrestling techniques to archery. The battle is gruesome and reminiscent of the Olympics and Tough Mudder on steroids.   

The simple answer to the title question is no, "The Hunger Games" is not the best sports movie of all time. But it's a pretty impressive film that's worth the price of admission and should be a fun ride for friends or a date. The above video is a spoiler-free video review. The film features some great performances from Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss, Woody Harrelson as Haymitch, rock star Lenny Kravitz and Miley Cyrus' boyfriend, Liam Hemsworth. It's a huge sci-fi film but has very little CGI and big-budget sets.