Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Battle Royale

This movie was incredibly awesome. It came out twelve years ago in 2000, based upon the Japanese novel of the same name that was released in 1999. If you check out this movie you will realize that it sounds a lot like "The Hunger Games." Well, in actuality "The Hunger Games" copies off of "Battle Royale." The story is set in a futuristic Japan where the adult feel threatened by the rebellions of youth. They pass a law, The Battle Royale Act, in which they take a Freshman high school class and put them on an abandoned island in which they must kill each other until there is only one person left. If there is no winner, everyone dies. The film sets up an interesting and cool concept about futuristic society and anarchy. It has a "Lord Of The Flies" feeling to it. The film is extremely violent and contains about the same level of violent content as "Kill Bill Vol. 1." The movie starts quickly and then it never lets up. You do not know who to root for because everyone is ultimately innocent in a way. We can relate to almost every single one of them. The film shows what happens with lack of order and control and puts teenagers in a survival of the fittest environment. This is one of the coolest movies to rank on my Top 100 list and it earns its spot for originality and execution. This is a movie that every guy just needs to watch. Forget the cheesy PG-13 rated, "The Hunger Games" that Hollywood is making. Watch the R rated intense, symbolic, and hectic "Battle Royale." This film is worth the time.

5 out of 5 Stars

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