北美洲在一场大战后被摧毁，在美国原来的废墟上，人们建立了新的家园，但新政权规定：管辖下的12个地区每年都必须进贡少年男女，参加一档电视直播节目“饥饿游戏”（Hunger Game）。节目的规则很简单——杀人或者被杀。凯妮丝Katniss Everdeen（詹妮弗·劳伦斯 Jennifer Lawrence 饰）的妹妹不幸在12区“选择日”时被选中，由于要保护妹妹，凯妮丝自告奋勇要替妹妹上场 。她不得不与心上人盖尔Gale Hawthorne（利亚姆·海姆斯沃斯 Liam Hemsworth 饰）分开，跟同时被选为12区贡品代表的皮塔Peeta Mellark（乔什·哈切森 Josh Hutcherson 饰）进入游戏……
Hostess: Welcome! Welcome! Welcome! Happy Hunger Games. And may the odds be ever in your favor. Now, before we begin, we have a very speical film. Brought to you all the way from The Capital.
Gale（lip language): War. Terrible war.
Screen: War. Terrible war. Widows, orphans, a motherless child. This was the uprising that rocked our land. Thirteen districts rebelled against the country that fed them, loved them, protected them. Brother turned on brother until nothing remained. And then came the peace, hard fought, sorely won. A people rose up from the ashes, and a new era was born. But freedom has a cost. And the traitors were defeated. We swore as a nation, we would never know this treason again. And so it was decreed that each year, the various districts of Panem would offer up, in tribute, one young man and woman to fight to the death in a pageant of honor, courage, and sacrifice. The lone victor, bathed in riches, would serve as a reminder of our generosity and our forgiveness. This is how we remember our past. This is how we safeguard our future.
Hostess: I just love that! Now, the time has come for us to select one courageous young man and woman for the honor of representing District 12 in the 74th Annual Hunger Games. As usual, ladies first. Primrose Everdeen. Where are you, dear? Come on up. Well, come on up.
Katniss: Prim! Prim! No! No! I volunteer! I volunteer! I volunteer as Tribute!
Hostess: I believe we have a volunteer, Mr.Mayor.
Katniss: Prim, you need to get out of here. You need to get out of here. You need to get out of here.
Prim: No! No!
Katniss: Go find Mom! Prim, go find Mom right now. I'm so sorry.
Katniss: Go find Mom. Prim, leave! Go find Mom.
Prim: No! No! No!
Hostess: Come on. A dramatic turn of events here in District 12. Yes, well. District 12's very first volunteer. Bring her up. Come on, dear. What's your name?
Katniss: Katniss Everdeen.
Hostess: Well, I bet my hat that was your sister, wasn't it?
Hostess: Let's have a big hand for our very first volunteer, Katniss Everdeen. And now for the boys. Peeta Mellark. Here we are. Our Tributes from District 12. Well, go on, you two, shake hands. Happy Hunger Games. And may the odds be ever in your favor.