In between being nominated for and winning Academy Awards, Jennifer Lawrence has provided plenty of big screen thrills for her fans. To some degree this is true of her role of Mystique in the X-Men prequels, but she really came to pop culture prominence as Katniss Everdeen in the Hunger Games films (based on the novels by Suzanne Collins). The setting is a dystopian future and Panem, a country that consists of the Capitol (where the wealthy live) and 12 districts in which the populace live in poverty. Every year, children from those districts are chosen to participate in a battle to the death known as “The Hunger Games.” Needless to say, it is Katniss—a participant in the games—who becomes a beacon of freedom as she attempts to take down a corrupt and inhumane system. It takes four films, but she successfully meets her goals.
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