Fighters in the ring must duel to the death, even though they are teenagers

by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - A teenager takes delicate aim, hoping to eliminate her competitor in The Hunger Games, a free film coming to Meinig Park Saturday, Aug. 31.A futuristic film of good vs. evil is waiting for older teens and adults, coming at dusk Saturday, Aug. 31, to the Dale Nicholls Main Stage at Meinig Park, with the screening of “The Hunger Games.”

This 2012 release depicts a totalitarian nation which is divided into 12 districts and the Capitol. Each year, two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. The 24 participants are forced to kill their competitors while all who live there are required to watch.

When a young girl is selected, her older sister volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart are pitted against bigger, stronger teenagers, who have trained for this their entire lives.

The film is rated PG-13 for intense, violent, thematic material and disturbing images — all involving teens.

However, the film has been nominated for a Golden Globe award, won 30 other awards and has been nominated for another 30 honors.

The city of Sandy and some of its financial partners have been providing feature-length movies in Meinig Park every Saturday in August. This is the last in the summer series.

Bring a blanket or low-back lawn chair. The movie begins at dusk, and Meinig Park is behind Sandy City Hall at 39250 Pioneer Blvd.

For more information, call 503-668-5569 or visit

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