Teenagers compete in a futuristic battle to the death.

In the future, North America has been destroyed and in its place is Panem, comprising the wealthy and powerful Capitol and 12 surrounding, poorer districts.

Every year, one boy and one girl aged 12 to 18 are selected from each district to take part in The Hunger Games: a televised fight to the death.

Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) replaces her younger sister Primrose (Willow Shields) as the female representative from District 12, competing alongside baker’s son Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson).

Their mentor, Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson), prepares the youngsters for competition against the other teenagers in a brutal and bloody test of strength and endurance.