Unless you’ve been living under a rock the last few weeks—or just totally uninterested in the entertainment culture—you’ve heard of The Hunger Games. The bestselling, if not rather disturbing novel, transitioned to the big screen today, and is poised to be one of the blockbusters of the year. Thousands of people will be flocking to the movies this weekend, many of them Christians.

But just because it is a popular movie, does it make it right? Just because it is a cinematic wonder, does it make it good viewing?

A cinematic masterpiece doesn’t always equal something that is worth your time or money to see. More importantly, The Hunger Games isn’t a subtle film. It’s a film (and book series) with a message—-a strongly humanistic and disturbing message. And always remember—you’re not just “seeing” the film…you are literally SUPPORTING it with your money. Is this really a message of situational ethics that you want to promote?

Before heading off to the theater see the film, I encourage you to take a look at a very objective and honest review about the film.

From Movie Guide:

“THE HUNGER GAMES is an exceptionally dark movie where the audience literally watches as children kill each other in a bloody maniacal fashion. The movie portrays society as wanting this sort of killing, which implies the same thing for real human society, including the people who might watch the movie or read the book series on which it’s based. Though this is a point the movie is making, it only has a negative impact on society. In the Sudan, for instance, children are being taken, desensitized by watching violence, given a gun, and killing. So, why would you want to watch the same thing happening in a Hollywood Blockbuster? Taking death so lightly will desensitize the audience in a very dark way.

With a strong humanist worldview, THE HUNGER GAMES has no depiction of God or the supernatural world. It’s all up to the movie’s heroine to win the game, but, eventually, she too has to hurt other people to win. Thus, there is no solid depiction of good and truth in THE HUNGER GAMES and no implication of a greater Hope. Ultimately, the story seems overly cynical and dehumanizing.

THE HUNGER GAMES is a science fiction thriller with a big budget. This is doubly saddening because it means even more children will see the behavior depicted in the movie. Those susceptible to violence will want to reenact it. Those children who are not as susceptible to movie violence will come out traumatized or fearful, or, worse, desensitized to the violence around them in real life.”

You can also take out the word “children” and swap it out with “adults”. Just imagine the horror of a world where adults are desensitized to violence as well.