Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Fahrenheit 451 (2018)

Director: Ramin Bahrani. Cast: Michael B. Jordan, Michael Shannon, Sofia Boutella, Keir Dullea. 100 min. Sci-fi.

Of course it's an opportune time for remakes of older dystopian novels, such as "The Handmaid's Tale" and "Fahrenheit 451". But in an era when the government is openly attacking the press, only a few steps from burning books, this story in particular loses its cautionary power, because the fiction part of the science-fiction, is becoming reality. I was expecting Bahrani to see that, and while updating scientific aspects of the story, to add new sociopolitical layers to the original concept. Combined with the vagueness of the protagonist's motives and metamorphosis, this movie becomes worthwhile, but not lasting. 

PS: Fahrenheit 451 shows the Iranian-American indie filmmaker, Ramin Bahrani (Goodbye Solo, At Any Price, 99 Homes), once named by Roger Ebert "the new great American director" (who wrote this movie with another famed but exiled Iranian filmmaker, Amir Naderi), is inching toward a Hollywood career. I hate to see them corrupting him with the next Marvel movie ...

PPS: Short appearance by Keir Dullea, of 2001: A Space Odyssey fame.

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