: Ugh, You've already decided to not read the books (for whatever absurd reasons), but I must urge you to do so. The movies left a lot of the backstory out which will repudiate much of your (ill-informed) critique. The story is NOT set in the "not-too-distant future". The books don't mention the period in which the events take place. It's a tagline made for the movies. The world of the movie, Panem, is the way it is because of an apocalyptic environmental disaster, which wipes out much of the population of the Earth, except North America. Hence you don't see much of the genetic mixing you describe.
As for your interpretation of the message of the movie, you're completely
wrong. If that's what you took out of the movie, I'm sad for you. The message of the books (and the movie) is simply to reflect on our own society and how we ignore acts of punishment, torture, and even death on our fellow human beings. Did you even notice how the well-to-do people of the Capitol enjoyed the games? Do I have to tell you that when they show these people enjoying
the slaughter of children it was supposed to show them in a negative light? The message is simply that Love and Life are the most important things we have. That every human life is precious and must be defended. That the way we currently ignore criminal acts such as torture, punishment and death on other human beings is exactly why we might be headed in the wrong direction
Finally, remember, this is fiction
. It's a made up story. If you want realism, go read non-fiction. Through fiction people can reflect on their own condition through an alternate viewpoint.