It is deliciously ingenious and a lot of fun and breaths much needed new life into a predictable and hackneyed genre.
What would you find if you had to take your children and a few assorted people down into the sewer to live?
Everything about this "real life high school" movie is tragic and miserable. The students are clinging to the edges of teenage life, the teachers are losing their minds, and the principal is getting divorced and fired.
The Hunger Games is more than a teen movie, more than a pointless American rehash of the Japanese cult favorite Battle Royale. It's a larger story of oppression and rebellion.
All of these communities have felt the impact and hardships of the city's re-zoning and development laws.
One noir film that dealt with explicitly working-class issues was Thieves' Highway (1949) starring Richard Conte in perhaps his finest role.
Despite the often-depressing vignettes of the characters' plight, the story is ultimately one of the pride and dignity of the working class.
Soviet filmmakers were often criticized in the West for producing stories sneeringly termed "boy gets tractor, meets girl."
What the Japanese militarists did to China is a story that every Chinese person knows well, but, I think, not so much in the West.
"War Horse" is simply a terrific war movie that makes its statements graphically and through sensitive portrayals, whether in actual battle scenes or not.