Ray Bradbury's iconic dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451 has finally been made into a movie. After releasing a teaser trailer nearly a month ago, HBO has released a full trailer for the movie and it packs some serious heat.
Just like the novel, Fahrenheit 451 is set in a dystopian society where all forms of written words are outlawed. Guy Montag, played by Michael B. Jordan, is a "fireman". His sole duty: to burn every book he finds. What drives his book-burning purpose is equality. This is reassured by his boss Captain Beatty, played by Michael Shannon, as he says "We are not born equal, so we must be made equal by the fire." We catch a glimpse of a future that depends on VR headsets and controlled media, paired with an all-too-organized surrounding.
Guy slowly starts to piece together the fact that the people he works for could be far more sinister and controlling than anticipated. Even though you're met with a lot of cutscenes in which it seems like Guy is committed to the cause, we're also shown his character trying to work out whether he is doing the right thing by participating in a system that sees knowledge as a danger.
Sofia Boutella who starred in Kingsman: The Secret Service, also stars in the movie as Clarisse, an informant who tries to balance her act between Guy and Cp. Beatty. YouTube star Lilly Singh is also set to make an appearance in the movie, playing the part of Raven, a tabloid reporter that is tasked with spreading propaganda and broadcasting book-burning raids.
Like any other movie/novel set in the dystopian future, it looks like Fahrenheit 451 is set to be an interesting take on what seems to be a reality we might be facing. The movie has been directed by Ramin Bahrani and is set to premiere on HBO this May.
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