The deathmatch begins in 1st full-length Hunger Games trailer!

Tributes get ready! The first full trailer for The Hunger Games has been released ... and it's grim. Watching kids prepare to fight to the death is no laughing matter. And the trailer shows the uncertainty that surrounds the dog-eat-dog world of Panem.

The Hunger Games is directed by Gary Ross and based on Suzanne Collins' popular book series. The dark story centers on a group of children who are trained to compete against each other in a televised sport called The Hunger Games. The catch? They fight to the death!

North America no longer exists. It's been replaced by Panem, which contains 12 Districts and a Capitol run by the twisted President Snow. Each year two minors (male and female) from each District between the ages of 12 and 18 are picked to be a Tribute and participate in the games.

Katniss Everdeen (the film's heroine) is an expert archer who's chosen to compete against some of the best players Panem has to offer. There's nothing cool or attractive about kids killing kids, so the trailer plays up the angst and sadness surrounding it all. There's a lot of build-up but not much action. We assume they're saving all the good stuff for later.

To all the players we say: May the odds be ever in your favor!

What do you think of the first trailer for The Hunger Games?

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