You'll note that I don't have a problem for crap movies in the general sense, after all, there is an entire demographic of people who not only bought tickets to Saw I, but then giddily went and bought tickets to Saw II, III, IV, all the way up to Saw XLVIII Jigsaw Dismembers Godzill and Rambo. There is an industry built on people who cheerfully light their money on fire repeatedly.
However, silly non-literary teenagers aside, otherwise respectable critics were raving about this movie as well, which is what suckered me into seeing this film. As a rule, unless someone I know who has like movie tastes like mine encourages me to see a film, I'll ignore what fans say about a flick (s'up, Fandango reviews?) and check out, say, Ebert and Roper for instance. However, Hunger Games madness overtook even those critics whose advice I would normally take.
But this movie was billed as a contender to such films as the ones I mentioned earlier, like Avatar, Godfather, etc, etc. And in no way does this film even come close to the quality of a movie, except for perhaps, American Pie II or Meatballs, the Original. Just sayin'.
As for these tenagers not being skilled in woodsman-like arts, there was the District Whatever guy who was slicing and dicing with a sword like he was a ninja. Is it too much to expect that the traoiner of that young mnan would teach him skills whenin he hunted other humans? If these young people are being groomed for combat, then it would be reasonable to expect that they would be taught to get to the point where poking people with sharp objects came in handy-- such as woodcraft.