Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451

DVD - 2018
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In a not too distant future, humans live a seemingly care-free existence where they're happy and productive. There is a "price" though for this life: They must place special drops in their eyes daily and follow the rules perfectly, including the rule that they never own or read books. Guy Montag is a firefighter. He doesn't fight fires though, but instead hunts down those people who refuse to follow the law and burns their books. Like everyone else, Guy has been taught that books are filled with inaccuracies and insane ideas. He continues to believe this lie until a meets someone who teaches him that the dreams in his mind can only be explained through the knowledge found in books. He also learns that rebels have come up with a new way to save books from the firefighters. When Guy's mentor, Captain Beatty, comes to realize that Guy has joined the rebellion, Guy must make a difficult decision to save the collective thoughts of the human race.
Publisher: [New York] :, HBO Home Entertainment,, [2018]
ISBN: 9786317394650
Branch Call Number: DVD FEATURE FAH
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 100 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
4 3/4 in.,color,rda
Dolby Audio 5.1
Dolby Audio 2.0
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Nov 26, 2020

Another hackneyed dystopian plot that fails to deliver. Don't waist your time.

Sep 01, 2020

I just couldn't get into this new version. The original movie, while it is old, is just better. Some remakes are not worth making if you can't get the actors you need and the budget to do a "better" movie.

Aug 13, 2020

Fahrenheit 451 is a movie based on the original 1953 novel by Ray Bradbury. The movie really falls short of my expectations. I read the original book and really enjoyed it, however, the movie is vastly different. Despite having two great actors in Michael B. Jordan and Michael Shannon, the characters are flat and stale. Guy Montag, played by Michael B. Jordan is not a well-written character. His experiences and feelings are not felt by the audience and he goes through little meaningful character development. The script was boring and we never relate or root for any of the characters. The world-building is also poor. In the original, Bradbury takes his time introducing the reader to the dystopian world he has created, in the movie we are thrown right in with no real sense of the world they are living in. The one upside is that the visual ideas are great and the opening is very creative and interesting. Overall Fahrenheit 451 is a messy and dull movie from start to finish. They had a great opportunity and to modernize a classic to fit today’s society and ideas but they completely missed the mark. I would recommend reading the original novel and maybe skip on this one, its very forgettable. 1.5/5 stars
@HarryTheGoat of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Apr 21, 2020

I'm not certain what the point of making this was. Admittedly, the original is pretty old, and as I recall a bit awkward.

There must be a way to make this story into a good movie, though I'm not certain it lends well to the medium.

Dec 02, 2019

A new adaptation of the classic dystopian novel, with updated technology. Contains references to the older movie as well as the book. The new ending didn’t add a lot to the story, but the world-building is impressive.

Aug 24, 2019

I don't know what possessed me to watch this garbage movie until the bitter end

Apr 25, 2019

I thought it got the essence of the book's messages and the updated tech and social media additions all made a lot of sense.

Mar 22, 2019

Och! It was a very poor attempt to update a classic. This story has nothing to do with the book or the original film. It is sad to see such great actors given such a poor script. Special effect are good, costumes are good, the sets were not well chosen and I think they used every University classroom across the country as the fire hall. Directing was ok but lacking if compared to the original. However none of that matters cause the script stinks.

Mar 14, 2019

Even with new technology the 1966 François Truffaut‘s film is a better adaptation and displays a better dystopian atmosphere.
Miss the golden days of Hollywood.
Unfortunately they turned the ART of film making into making BOX OFFICE.

Mar 01, 2019

As dated as the 1966 adaptation was, I have to agree with many of the other comments posted. This updated version is so updated that it misses the essence of Ray Bradbury's story, or it is buried in so much "modern" style that it negates any thought on the subject. A major disappointment.

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Dec 10, 2018

Do you want to know what's inside all these books? Insanity. The Eels want to measure their place in the universe, so they turn to these novels about non-existent people. Or worse, philosophers. Look, here's Spinoza. One expert screaming down another expert's throat. "We have free will." "No, all of our actions are predetermined." Each one says the opposite, and a man comes away lost, feeling more... bestial and lonely than before. Now, if you don't want a person unhappy, you don't give them two sides of a question to worry about.
- Just give 'em one.
Better yet, none.
Can you tell us anything about what's inside?
-Nothing that can't burn at 451 degrees.

Dec 10, 2018

Why we do burn?
- For happiness, ain't that right, fellas?
I'm not fire... I'm fire +100. I'm molten lava on graffiti. They call me a walking incinerator for happiness. Damn, it's a pleasure to burn!
Have you ever thought, even for one second, why you do what you do?
You should try reading before burning.
How can we see anything but the fire shadows in the cave... if we're never allowed to move our heads?
-What does that mean?
If you can read, you can talk.
-Play the man, Master Ridley. We shall this day light such a candle, by God's grace, as I trust shall never be put out.
(From Hugh Latimer)
Kafka. A pornographer and a sexual pervert. I like that about him.

Dec 10, 2018

Before bots and the rise of automated writing, we had jobs for journalists...
She'd spend weeks, sometimes months, investigating a story, and then she'd publish a series of articl... dreds, even thousands of words long on physical paper and the Internet, or the 9, today, which everyone was free to read. But nobody was reading anymore, or they were just glancing at the headlines generated by an algorithm... Thousands of words?
-Ugh. In your pathetic time, were people happy?
No. There were so many millions of opinions that our country slid into the Second Civil War. Eight million dead, including my father.
Your father must have been old enough to remember a time when firemen put fires out instead of starting them.
Benjamin Franklin, the founder of our first fire department, gave us the right to burn.
-Those are lies. Ben Franklin did not do that.
After the last of your generation dies, so will your words... your memories...
and the burden of your fake past.

Dec 10, 2018

What is called a reason for living is also an excellent reason for dying.
A revolution is not a dinner party.
Books are here to remind us what fools we can be.
Do your duty. Stay vivid on the 9 and report all suspicious activity.
Consequences of silence will be severe! Help yourselves and your neighbors by telling us what you know! Not tomorrow, not the next day, but now!
Is it possible to be perfectly candid with oneself and not be afraid... of the whole truth?
All of humanity's chaotic knowledge will burst forth like mosquitoes spreading malaria... and the dark countries will take over. Even the greatest army of Firemen will seem like spitting babies before the Omnis. And everything our parents, our grandparents, sacrificed in the Second
Civil War will be lost.

Dec 10, 2018

No wonder you've been so eloquent lately. But you're still the same dog I raised, just barking at someone else's command.
You wanted to fly near the sun. You burn your damn wings off and you wonder why.
Did you think that one tiny crime... would be wiped out by thousands of good deeds? That there would be no punishment? A little knowledge is a dangerous thing. You read a few lines, and you're ready to blow up the world, chop heads off, destroy authority.
"To go wrong in one's own way is better than to go right in someone else's.
Taking a new step, uttering a new word... is what people fear the most."
All those silly words, those false promises, the timeworn philosophies. It's like chain-smoking, chapter by chapter.
So, as long as you distract your mind from its dreams, it will not know them
for what they are. You will always be taken in by the appearance of things,
because you will not have grasped their true nature.

Dec 10, 2018

Befitting ending quote from Whitman's poem "Song of Myself" with reference to his understanding of death:

"I bequeath myself to the dirt
to grow from the grass I love.
If you want me again,
look for me under your boot soles.
You will hardly know who I am
or what I mean,
but I shall be good help
to you nevertheless,
and filter and fiber your blood.
Failing to fetch me at first,
keep encouraged.
Missing me one place,
search another.
I stop somewhere,
waiting for you."
Ah. See? "Huck Finn"... and his "nigger" friend. The whites knew that you blacks were offended, so what did we do? We burned it. Oh. And then "Native Son" came along, and the whites didn't appreciate that one all that much, so they burned it, too.
-Why didn't they like it?
Henry Miller, Hemingway. The feminists don't approve, so into the flames they go. You see, we are not born equal, Guy, so we must be made equal by the fire, and then... we can be happy. So, we burn.


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