I finally got around to see the movie everybody has been talking about.
I definitely agree with Stef that is was so super strange that the children did not seem to show any signs of trauma or distress over the fact that they were being forced to kill each other. The main heroine kissing her love interest after nearly having her throat slit and then seeing someone's head bashed to death, was just sick. The subject matter was treated so lightly. I had to remind myself that KIDS ARE BEING FORCED TO FIGHT TO THE DEATH! because the movie was not emphasising the gravity of that at all.
I know how annoying it has become whenever someone mentions "Battle Royale" in relation to The Hunger Games, as if they are so hip because they know about a popular Japanese movie from ten years ago. But I have to say, it's a much better movie that does treat the subject matter of kids being forced to fight to the death appropriately. Stef also mentioned that in The Hunger Games, the main character's childhood trauma was not dealt with well. In Battle Royale it is dealt with very well. The main character in that witnessed his father commit suicide, when another child was a very young girl her mother sold her to a pedophile, and the teacher who organises the battle royale has issues with his own daughter. It's very clever in that respect. Although, if Stef thought the Hunger Games was too violent then maybe Battle Royale is not for him.