Fahrenheit 451

 (1,878)4.91 h 40 min201816+
[HBO] HD. A stunning take on Ray Bradbury's iconic novel about a future where media is an opiate, history is outlawed and 'firemen' burn books.
Ramin Bahrani
Michael B. JordanMichael ShannonSofia Boutella
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Michael FReviewed in the United States on June 29, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
It's ironic that this seems like an attempt to burn the original novel and replace it with something sterile.
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The book is one of the most important of our time, and becoming increasingly important as it really starts to come true in many ways. Such an important work should have been treated better. I remember reading the book AND watching an earlier version of a movie based on it, and feeling OVERWHELMING sense of loss at the concept of so much humanity being destroyed. This movie was just a pitiful insult to the topic and the novel. It's terribly ironic in a BAD way that THIS rendition is how a book burner would kill the original novel if they ran out of kerosene...
BURN this movie and go read the book.
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JBReviewed in the United States on May 26, 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
Wanted to love it...
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I wanted so badly to love this movie. I read the book almost every year. It is my all-time favorite. While a decent interpretation of the book, that is all it is. The cast is great. But I think movie failed in bringing any real emotion to light. And what about "the hound"? With our digital capabilities and HBO's bankroll... how could they NOT present us with the hound, which is such a frightening and scary concept, if not a major character in the suspense building of the book's plot?
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JakeReviewed in the United States on June 22, 2018
2.0 out of 5 stars
Book's Central Themes Diminished in Modern Adaptation
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I really wanted to like this, but it gets so much wrong from the book. I think leaving out Montags wife takes a ton away from his character development. His mentor from the book was also excluded. The theme of the war was also left out. I also think subbing out the bible for Dostoevsky and chairman Mows Red Book also dons't sit right. The worst part was some of the chief's best monologs that drive the book are left out. The acting was decent and some of the message shines through, but allot of the magic of the book is lost so two stars.
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emsReviewed in the United States on May 28, 2018
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Not even remotely true to the original, but even beyond that it was just simply terrible and uninteresting.
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on July 17, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Story falls flat and presents uninteresting production
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In 2018 HBO released their own version of the classic Ray Bradbury book about censorship and freedom.

The story keeps some of the original points and adds new twists to make it more up to date. For instance, the state has banned books, but now the Firemen who are the censors in society also monitor the Internet for illegal information. When they catch people downloading illegal materials onto the web called the 9 they make a public show of it broadcasting it on TV. Right at the start it lays out the theme that society and the government are about control.

The problem with the production is that it has no soul. The story falls flat. It’s simply not engaging which is a huge disappointment.
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Michelle JohnsonReviewed in the United States on November 10, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great adaptation
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I almost didn't watch the movie because of all the bad reviews, but I'm glad I did. I thought the movie was excellent. If you want an adaptation that is very faithful to the book, then you're probably going to be disappointed. Beatty and Clarisse's characters are very different from the book and a lot of things are changed or left out. It's easier for me to appreciate the movie because I'm not that fond of the book. There are some great things about Fahrenheit, but I think it is terribly plotted and a lot of it is just plain boring. I do like the ideas behind the book, though, and I loved the way the movie portrayed the importance of books and ideas, of thinking for yourself, and of standing up against tyranny. There were lots of places where they worked actual dialogue and ideas from the novel into the movie, which was awesome.

So if this is your favorite book of all time, you probably won't like that so much of it has been changed. And if you just want an action-packed sci-fi movie, you'll probaby also be bored by the philosophical discussions. But for everyone else, I think it's a well-made adaptation that is faithful to themes and ideas behind Bradbury's classic.
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AmazonianReviewed in the United States on October 31, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
A New Take on Bradbury's Story about Book Burning
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When one remembers the Truffaut film of 1966, the theme that Ray Bradbury was aiming at was consistently followed: NO WRITING. Even the film credits at the beginning were spoken rather than shown on the screen in print. All you have in this film is a totalitarian regime that victimizes people who love information. The new film thoroughly changes Bradbury's story and loses it although it presents innovative ways of telling some of it. The 1966 film even with its ambiguities is clearer. The story is more effective when one simply shows that the "firemen" are against the printed and written word not the people. You then can show the effect it had on people, and their effective resistance. I did not like this film.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on May 28, 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
the YUXIE Alexa like device that spies on everyone everyone was clever
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Was looking forward to an update that spoke to todays technology and the muddled message of this film missed the mark, make it clear that yes we have online books but that they are edited and altered to change history etc and that only the original paper books still had the accurate original source of info this was hinted at but not clear for todays audience. Where did Shannons charachters allegiance lay ? it was never really clear. the YUXIE Alexa like device that spies on everyone everyone was clever and they did show a few drones but they were way underused and they didnt show how the average on the street citizens lived their lives by emoticon to be blissfully happy ignorant of the truth so any opps missed.....the 66 original still the best
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