Kudos to Isabelle Fuhrman who played the female “tribute” from District 2.

Movie poster for The Hunger Games

Movie poster for The Hunger Games

I recently saw the blockbuster movie, The Hunger Games. First, let me say that I can’t believe that this movie is rated only PG-13 by the MPAA. Maybe I’m out of touch, but a movie about kids hunting down and killing other kids… I’m thinking “R”. But, that’s just me.

At any rate, kudos to Isabelle Fuhrman, the young lady who plays the “female tribute from District 2″. A “tribute” is a contestant. Both a female and male contestant represent each of the 12 “Districts.”

I found this movie very disturbing.

The feeling lingered for days.

While there was plenty to be disturbed about with The Hunger Games (which, by the way, is a very good movie… albeit in my opinion, an R-rated movie), my mind kept going back to the hauntingly casual, nay, joyful, way in which the female tribute from District 2 carried out her mission, namely to kill as many other kids as possible.

I realized that much of my lingering discomfort was from the attitude – the glee and brutality – exhibited by District 2′s female Tribute, which was played in the movie by Isabelle Fuhrman.

Hunger Games - to the far left, Isabelle Fuhrman

Hunger Games - to the far left, Isabelle Fuhrman

Ms. Fuhrman delivered on her small amount of screen time. I can still remember her voice laughing through one of her lines as she mocked another female tribute for begging for her life.

This other female tribute, who was naive enough and cold enough to build a fire for warmth, was tracked down from the smoke of the fire, and early in the movie, is killed while begging for her life.

There was a stark contrast between this naive contestant, totally ill-equipped for her mission; and, the contestant played by Isabelle Fuhrman, trained for it to such an extent that even as her talents were honed, her soul had become merciless and cold.

Jennifer Lawrence stars in The Hunger Games

Jennifer Lawrence stars in The Hunger Games

It’s possibly not the part Ms. Furhman wanted to play. But, kudos to her, as she played the Female Tribute from District 2.

She delivered on the part, and, for me, the haunting feeling still lingers.

One Comment

  1. Anonymous says:

    Agree about the performance.

    The character’s name is Clove. ;-)

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