The Hunger Games vs Running Man

by collegelife on March 30, 2012

The Hunger Games is one of the most exciting movies of the year.  It’s certain to win lots of awards.  Have you seen it yet?  It reminds us a lot of a 1987 movie, The Running Man.

According to YouTube “Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the evil Capitol of the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. A twisted punishment for a past uprising and an ongoing government intimidation tactic, The Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which “Tributes” must fight with one another until one survivor remains.

Pitted against highly-trained Tributes who have prepared for these Games their entire lives, Katniss is forced to rely upon her sharp instincts as well as the mentorship of drunken former victor Haymitch Abernathy. If she’s ever to return home to District 12, Katniss must make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.”

The movie even has it’s own Wikipedia page with over 65 references, all since March 23rd.  We think The Hunger Games reminds us of The Running Man with Arnold Schwarzenegger.

According to YouTube “The year is 2017. The world economy has collapsed. The United States has sealed off it’s borders and has become a military controlled police state which controls TV, movies, art, books, communication and censorship. In the police state America has become, criminals have a choice. They can serve their sentences in prison or they can take part in “The Running Man” a government owned violent game-show where contestants running for freedom are pursued by “Stalkers” wrestler-like bounty hunters. “The Running Man” is the top rating show on network TV and Damon Killian, the creator and host is the most popular entertainer in the US. But one man has yet to play… Former L.A. police officer Ben Richards, framed for the massacre of innocent people, when disobeyed orders is recaptured, after escaping from prison. Ben is forced to appear on “The Running Man”, joined by resistance fighters William Laughlin and Harold Weiss and Amber Mendez, (a network employee who Richards took hostage and she turned Richards into the authorities) are chased by The Stalkers, as they search for the secret base of the resistance, as they bid to broadcast the truth about the government and prove Ben’s innocence.”

So what do you think?  Is Hunger Games a remake of Running Man with a twist?

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Heather Sires April 2, 2012 at 1:39 am

I think the two have similar premise. I have not seen Running Man, and now I will go watch it on Netflix. The games in Hunger is to punish the citizens of the Districts for an uprising 74 years ago. I’m not sure if in Running, that game is to punish the masses, or just to entertain.Yes, both movies have these shows as a sadistic way to entertain the masses, nearly like our own ‘reality’ tv shows today.

chip August 18, 2012 at 8:33 pm

I thought this idea seemed derivative of the Running Man, with mildly different rationale for placing contestants in the game. Stephen King wrote the Running Man short story in 1982, while the Hunger Games is based on recent novels. It’s interesting how pervasive what we have seen and read in the past is in recreating “new” ideas. Certainly like the casting, scenery and directing in the Hunger Games better, but the same take home message as Running Man what have we become as a society if we end up taking pleasure in watching games such as these….

Will August 20, 2012 at 2:43 am

I really don’t like repeats. Hunger games is just a hack off the original(running man), with few additions from history to make the story appear original.

the burglar August 22, 2012 at 4:15 am

its amazing how short our memories r…i was maybe only 6 or 7 when the running man came out yet i remember it enough to realize the hunger games is a complete rip off of its earlier predecessor. despite its lack of originality it still did great at the box office so i suppose the majority of ppl dont care

GT August 26, 2012 at 9:30 pm

Hunger Games is not a remake of Running Man, simply because of the eras in which each were written in. Running Man was inspired mostly by the events of the Cold War and the pressures enacted by the government to censor information that would jeopardize the image of the government to the people even further. The Hunger Games is written in a time where superficiality reigns in media and people are becoming poorer, as problems created by people and their governments continue to worsen. However, both stories/films find influence in their own works from history, more particularly, the later years of the Roman Empire when the Empire held gladiatorial events to appease the masses and prevent violence from erupt due to the growing poverty and hunger issues…

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