KNOWLEDGE IS A DANGEROUS THING.
In the future, most books have been banned and the main objective of firemen is to find and burn them… but one of the regime’s loyal men (Michael B. Jordan) learns that he’s been lied to. François Truffaut made a watchable adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s classic novel in 1966; this one was also directed by a man of merit, but it’s a mediocre experience. The film’s design of a future dictatorship cleverly shows how social media is used by the regime, but the film is largely your run-of-the-mill dystopia. Not much tension, but the cast is worth a look, with Jordan as the obedient servant and Michael Shannon as his intelligent, fanatical mentor.
2018-U.S. Made for TV. 100 min. Color. Directed by Ramin Bahrani. Novel: Ray Bradbury. Cast: Michael B. Jordan (Guy Montag), Michael Shannon (John Beatty), Sofia Boutella (Clarisse McClellan), Khandi Alexander, Lilly Singh, Martin Donovan… Keir Dullea.
Trivia: Co-executive produced by Bahrani and Jordan.