Movie: The Hunger Games
The premise of the book is that a boy and a girl from each district in a dystopian North America are chosen each year to fight to the death in a reality TV show called 'The Hunger Games'. The winner gets much glory and secures wealth and safety for their families. It is a horrible premise but made a good read.
The movie was two and a quarter hours long but they still didn't manage to convey the same level of suspense that the book created. I was chatting to some kids at school yesterday about whether or not the movie would make complete sense if you hadn't read the book (there might have been unexplained assumptions made).
I wondered how they were going to deal with the gory themes in the book but the movie was actually really well done. Having seen it now I would probably let my 14 year old watch it (despite my M movie ban) because it doesn't have any s*x in it (only a few kisses) and the violence isn't that in your face (compared to most movies with violence). Obviously the themes aren't that pleasant but he's read the book so he knows what he's in for.