Hunger Games

*****
Director
Gary Ross
Cast
Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemswort
Certificate
PG13
Running time
142 minutes

If you see only one film about teenage runaways being chased by children through the woods involving bows and arrows, then rent out 'Moonlight Kingdom' - if you see two, then you could do worse than 'The Hunger Games'. Set in a dystopian future, the nation of Panem (in a subtle nod to the Latin phrase for 'Bread and Circuses') holds a regular 'Battle Royale' between the Twelve Districts. A boy and a girl from each district are selected and must fight to the death, until only one survives. The 'tributes' are selected either by lottery or by volunteering, and placed in a controlled environment where they must hunt and kill each other.

Based on the popular book by Suzanne Collins (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suzanne_Collins) the movie is a reasonably entertaining adventure story, though it might be a bit dark for its intended tweenage 'Twlight' fan audience. The book is a lot more gory than the film (for some reason children gutting impaled is fine to write about but not to show) but it's still pretty violent. Readers of the book will notice a few things missing and a few different decisions, but overall it's a fairly faithful adaptation.

Jennifer Lawrence makes for a great lead as Katniss, though her delivery can be a bit flat and repetitive. (Though that may be because she spends a lot of the movie waking up in trees.) Josh Hutcherson's Peeta falls flat as he just isn't that likeable a character (plus how does a district in abject poverty produce a baker with outstanding icing skills). Woody Harrelson makes for a great minor character as the drunk Haymitch Abernathy (fun fact: as Woody is a goal vegetarian, his character is never seen eating meat.) The sets and effects are all very exciting and visual - if you love bold sci-fi costumes then you are in for a treat. Overall, a solid rent-it-on-DVD type film.

Health and Sport Technologies

Software engineer, Full-time

Skills required:

  • Experience with production development and deployment of complex distributed systems
  • Great PHP and JavaScript skills
  • Experience with SQL and NoSQL database solutions
  • BS, MS, or PhD in Computer Science or Maths, or equivalent work experience
  • Strong communication skills
  • Willing to work start-up hours and get completely involved
  • System and database administration
  • An interest in statistical analysis
  • An interest in open data and data visualization

What you’ll be working on:

  • Write code and solve problems across the SportTracker platform and infrastructure
  • Manage and prioritise tasks within the technical team
  • Build multiple infrastructures for a variety of upcoming Health and Sport Technologies projects
  • Create, extend and optimise database schemas
  • Define and build high-performance, scalable infrastructure
  • Optimise and troubleshoot complex distributed systems

Why our company rocks:

Health and Sport Technologies are a dynamic, motivated and incredibly talented team with ambition to disrupt through technology, data and user experience with an exciting new product targeting the sports industry internationally. We are currently working with international associations in the sports industry and are looking to recruit a talented Software Engineer to join our innovative team.

February 2012

Belfast

Belfast

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