First Clip from THE HUNGER GAMES Shows Off Katniss’ Archery Skills

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Jennifer Lawrence is the highlight of the first clip released for The Hunger Games. Rightfully so, as her character Katniss is the focal point of the film and, eventually, the entire series. Fans of the first book in Suzanne Collins’ bestselling trilogy should be pleased as this scene is plucked right from the text. Personally, I found it to be one of the more memorable scenes and Lawrence nails it. While auditioning for the Gamemakers, Katniss is attempting to show off her strengths, but the frivolous judges are not amused. Hit the jump to see how Katniss gets their attention.

If you haven’t already, take a look at a bunch of images, TV spots and even soundtrack information, featuring names like Taylor Swift and The Decemberists. The Hunger Games, directed by Gary Ross also stars Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth. The film opens on March 23rd.

You may have gotten a quick glimpse from this scene in the trailer, but here’s what looks like the full cut from the theatrical release. Here’s the official synopsis for The Hunger Games for those new to the series. The clip follows below. Check out all of our previous coverage here.

Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the evil Capitol of the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. A twisted punishment for a past uprising and an ongoing government intimidation tactic, The Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which “Tributes” must fight with one another until one survivor remains. Pitted against highly-trained Tributes who have prepared for these Games their entire lives, Katniss is forced to rely upon her sharp instincts as well as the mentorship of drunken former victor Haymitch Abernathy. If she’s ever to return home to District 12, Katniss must make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love. THE HUNGER GAMES is directed by Gary Ross, and produced by Nina Jacobson’s Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. Suzanne Collins’ best-selling novel, the first in a trilogy published by Scholastic that has over 16 million copies in print in the United States alone, has developed a massive global following.

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  • Adel

    Wooow cannot wait

  • WyldeMan52

    Looks exactly as I’d imagined it too. One of my most anticipated scenes from the book.

    “Thank you for your consideration.”

    • Dave Trumbore

      I’m hoping they’re saving that line for the film itself, though it would have been a nice punctuation to end the clip.

      • cloxlider

        I’m hoping you will shut up.

  • BobMann

    umm… cool?

  • SP1234

    I’m being upstaged by a dead pig. LOL
    This first clip looks very promising.

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  • Michael Horne

    Oh, excellent. Her technique is interesting as her draw would naturally push the arrow up and to the left, but it still looks _very_ good technically. Everything about Lawrence screams Katniss, and I’m excited to see what she can do with a brilliantly created character.

    Gotta love the sudden silence when that apple hits the wall. Kudos to the marketing dept for not spoiling ANYTHING in their campaign!

    • Mandrake

      Michael with her left arm that rigid I wouldn’t be surprised if she missed the target altogether. Her technique is flawed and with that rigid an arm several arrows would catch on her arm when she released. With no guard on, her arm would be stinging quite a bit.

      Also the picture at the top of the article is the dumbest way to shoot a bow I have ever seen.

      • O.R.

        Well, it IS a film and she IS an actress, arguably the best one suited for the role. Most moviegoers don’t know the technicalities of archery, so our suspension of disbelief won’t be compromised in that aspect. At least she makes it seem like she knows what she’s doing, and that’s all I’m asking for.

  • Mandrake

    Honestly I have no interest in this film. Nothing I have seen makes me that interested either.

  • Jazzy Jace

    Doesn’t look anything special; a PG version of Battle Royale.

    You can tell the studios want the next big teen thing after the crap Twilight series.

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  • Dakota

    Did anyone else notice the flaw in the top picture on this page???? O,o…. the arrow is behind her hand! :0 that’s not how your supposed to shoot a bow!

  • Ms Grey

    over hyped, badly cast and from what the trailers show poorly directed. can you say, Pass.

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