Fahrenheit 451 (2018)

“Hmm. Have you ever thought, even for one second, why you do what you do? You should try reading before burning.” – Clarisse McClellan

Number of Times Seen – 1 (26 Jul 2021)

Brief Synopsis – In a futuristic society where books are outlawed, a fireman begins to question their work in destroying all written works.

My Take on it – Pretty boring interpretation of the classic by Ray Bradbury.

The story doesn’t manage to stay engaging enough throughout and the characters all seem far to much like one dimensional caricatures instead of something more powerful.

The questions that the story asks are great, but the responses are quite feeble in the way they are presented here.

Michael B. Jordan does an ok job in the lead role but fails to make the viewer really care about what he does.

As always, Michael Shannon brings a powerful performance as Jordan’s superior who’s personal and profession actions are quite contradictory.

He is able to show his conflict, yet somehow allows the gravity and power of his position to keep himself in check throughout.

The effects are done well, but overall this story comes across far too bland in this modern remake of the classic.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Author Ray Bradbury never did any fact-checking in regards to the title. He asked a fire chief at what temperature book paper burned, and was given the answer “451 degrees Fahrenheit.” He liked the title so much that he didn’t bother to see if it was the correct temperature.Although there is no standard tests for determining ignition temperatures, 451F has been measured to be paper’s ignition temperature. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)


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