Read the books.
But, also, watch the film. It’s not as good, but still brilliant.
Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) volunteers her life in place of her sister’s when she is chosen to participate in The Hunger Games, a barbaric event designed to keep the masses in line in this dystopian future.
Yes, there are similarities, but it is more than an Americanised Battle Royale. Children are killing children to survive, but for the sport of the Capital. Battle Royale may be gruesome, but this is emotionally brutal.
Elizabeth Banks and Woody Harrelson are both stunning in their supporting roles. It’s magnificent.