• Fri, Mar 2 2012

Video: Katniss Shoots The Gamemakers’ Pig In Infamous Hunger Games Scene

This clip requires little introduction. For diehard The Hunger Games fans, it’s a pivotal pre-Arena moment where Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) shows off the full extent of her archery skills. It’s this creative thinking — and, let’s face it, arrogance — that gets the Gamemakers’ attention. Especially Seneca Crane (Wes Bentley), who realizes that this underfed kid from District 12 has some mettle.

It’s less than a minute long, but it’s the first full clip that we’ve seen from the movie. I love how they show Katniss’ need to impress the Gamemakers as part survival tactic — because the scores they give out help tributes gain sponsors while they’re in the Arena — and part pride. After all, she comes from Panem’s poor runt of a district, located in what is today the Appalachians, so she’s carrying the extra chip on her shoulder to prove herself.

The way that director Gary Ross has the Gamemakers milling about and feasting on their roasted pig illustrates how completely oblivious they are to the fact that from the moment these kids’ names were called in the reaping, they started fighting for their lives.

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