Like it or not, The Hunger Games is the latest fictional universe that teens are flocking toward in order to replace their the gaping hole that Harry Potter and Twilight's exits from cinema have left. Lucky for us, The Hunger Games is a LOT better than Twilight in almost every way conceivable.
If for some strange reason you still haven't heard about what The Hunger Games is about, it's about a dystopian society, where each section of the civilization is required each year to sacrifice two children as "Tributes," who will each fight to the death until there is one crowned winner.
This movie is really dark for a kids' movie. If you have children, you should be careful about letting them watch this alone. The gore might not be very apparent, but the idea of children killing other children is horrific, and if not understood in the right context, could be very disturbing.
That being said, I loved the book, and I really enjoyed the movie. Though some might complain that this is either heavy-handed in its social criticism, or that it may be overtly copying ideas from other films, either way, this is a film that can be enjoyed by all types of people. There IS a message here, and in that regard, it's a great way to tell a story.
Add it to your queue if you haven't seen it yet. Now that it's streaming on Netflix, you have no other choice! (I was surprised such a high-caliber film like this made it to Netflix so quickly) Give it a shot here!