7 YA Dystopian Movies That'll Make You Forget Hunger Games Ever Existed
The Hunger Games franchise may have been the first of its kind to captivate audiences, but it also inspired the release of even more young adult dystopian films.
Here are seven movies that will make you forget that The Hunger Games ever existed.
Divergent is based on a young adult trilogy by Veronica Roth and stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ansel Elgort, and Miles Teller. The story follows Tris Prior, a young woman living in a futuristic world split into factions. However, when Tris decides to leave her family faction for another, she discovers secrets that threaten to unravel the threads of her society.
The Maze Runner (2014)
Based on the book by James Dashner, The Maze Runner focuses on a teen named Thomas, who arrives at a Glade in the centre of a mysterious and dangerous maze. Thomas and the other Gladers must work together to escape if they wish to survive. The Maze Runner offers thrilling action sequences and an engaging plot filled with many twists and turns.
The Host (2013)
The Host, based on the book by Stephenie Meyer (author of Twilight), tells the story of Melanie Stryder, who becomes possessed by an alien Soul called Wanderer. Melanie instead befriends Wanderer after she becomes conflicted about her allegiance to the other Souls. The Host is a story about love, trust, and the power of human will.
Ender's Game (2013)
Unlike the other films on this list, Ender's Game is set mainly in space. Based on the book by Orson Scott Card, the film stars Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, and Hailee Steinfeld. In the movie, a boy named Ender is recruited for his incredible talents in space combat to prepare for an alien invasion. However, Ender begins to struggle with the morality of the tactics he is being taught.
The 5th Wave (2016)
Based on the book by Rick Yancey, The 5th Wave tells the story of Cassie Sullivan, a young woman trying to survive in a world where aliens have taken control. Cassie is on a mission to rescue her brother, but the aliens are doing everything they can to stop her. The film stars Chloe Grace Moretz, Nick Robinson, and Liev Schreiber.
The Giver (2014)
Lois Lowry's The Giver follows Jonas, a young man training to be the next Receiver of Memories when he suddenly discovers the shocking truth about his society's past. Like The Maze Runner, it keeps audiences on their toes with its mysterious plot twists and likeable protagonists. Featuring a star-studded cast, including Brenton Thwaites, Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, and Alexander Skarsgård.
Alita: Battle Angel (2019)
Based on the notable manga series Gunnm by Yukito Kishiro and produced by James Cameron, the movie follows the journey of Alita, a cyborg girl, and her fight to uncover the secrets of her past. With a talented cast including Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, and Mahershala Ali, the film has some incredible special effects, fight scenes, and an intriguing original story.