Michael B. Jordan Sets Fires: Fahrenheit 451 [TRAILER]


Last year brought us the magnificent Television adaptation of Margaret Atwood's terrifying dystopic novel about a woman forced to act as a handmaid, a sort of biblical surrogate/sex slave for the wealthy elite who rule in a dystopic Christian theocracy called Gilead, which was once the United States of America.

This year, we are getting another stunning adaptation of another classic dystopian novel with HBO's film adaptation of Fahrenheit 451. Written by Ray Bradbury (shout out to The Halloween Tree!), the novel is set in a future where firemen are tasked with burning books, to keep the masses docile and ignorant.

Long considered one of the most important dystopian novels, along with Handmaid's Tale, Brave New World and 1984. The novel was adapted in the 60s by Truffaut starring Julie Christie.

Starring Michael B. Jordan and Michael Shannon, who are both arguably at a high water mark in their careers. Jordan, in particular, has shown just how capable he is of making the audience empathize with someone who has done bad things, after his electric performance in Black Panther. Check out the trailer and then I will share some thoughts.




Right off the bat, it shows us that it's the future, but just barely. You have a feeling that this world isn't that far off, which is one of the best and most terrifying parts of any dystopian work. In an age where everything is becoming more and more digitized, a world without books, in which all information is controlled and produced doesn't seem as unlikely in a world full of fake news and reckless propaganda.

Michael Shannon is always a delight as the menacing villain who will gladly serve an authoritarian state. It's truly a testament to his skills as an actor that he can play so many of these roles and still be riveting to watch on screen.

Michael B. Jordan however, is very much the star of this trailer in every sense. Every moment he is on screen, you feel the emotional journey he will be going on in the film. His work as Eric Killmonger in Black Panther showed that he isn't afraid to play into the complicated nature of a character. I can't wait to see how he shows us a man losing faith in a system he enforced for so long. I mean, can you imagine the horrifying guilt one would feel, realizing the magnitude of burning books and indoctrinating children to do the same.

HBO is known for delivering stellar cinematic content, and I can't wait to see it! Fahrenheit 451 will air on HBO on May 19th at 8PM.

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