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by Thom

"Gritty film version of the the Orwell classic"
3 stars

The movie focused more on the love story of Winston and Julia (fucking Winston, man. How many people owe their secret identity to this book?) than on Winston's search for truth. Not a bad thing but such a limited focus misses some pretty tasty meat. It was more gut wrenching to READ about what happened to him than it was to watch it.

The Eurythimics made the original soundtrack that was later scrapped. They released the album anyway and I recommend it as some of their better work.

If you haven't the inclination to read the book and want to just know what all the fuss is about ...

Big Brother
Five Minute Hate

1984 is about how one person can know the truth about everything but be forced to profess a lie because there is just no room for truth in a world where the minister of propaganda (the minister of propaganda ... god I love this book) controls the past, present and future by manipulating the populace's perception of reality. Humans are subject to a world of controlled information and the official version of reality is just a convenient way to organize the proletariats. The less they know about how the world really works, the better.

You'll only see this movie if you like the book and then you'll probably be disappointed. The roughness, browns and greys reproduce the sentiment Orwell created. 1984 the movie is a dark and edgy romantic thriller that ends in either tragedy or bliss depending on how you interpret Winston's numb acceptance of the truth that everyone would think is a lie.

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User Comments

3/28/07 fools♫gold Strangely underrated and mournfully forgotten. 5 stars
11/18/06 Brian Breathnach Burton on great form, Hurt as well, too indepth to put on screen 4 stars
7/22/06 David Cohen As close to the source material as a movie can get, powerful imagery, Burton steals it 5 stars
3/26/05 Mike Highly underrated film that does Orwell's masterpiece justice. 5 stars
5/20/04 David Rowley a good version of a very bleak and gritty book 4 stars
4/05/04 raph quite good, if you are too lazy to read the book. all the main info is in it. 4 stars
4/27/03 Anna This bare-bones adaption doesn't do the book justice. Right look, but the plot suffers. 3 stars
4/16/03 Valerie Could have been much better. 2 stars
4/06/03 Dan McLean very true to the book and the performances are outstanding. One of my favorite movies 5 stars
11/23/02 Charles Tatum As terrifying as the book 5 stars
7/28/02 Anthony Hard to match Orwell's skill, but poingient & striking. 5 stars
5/13/02 Dark Baron The book was 1984 times better. 3 stars
4/09/02 R.W. Welch Something of an improvement over the 50's version, but they still don't have it quite right 3 stars
12/10/01 Isis Someone who makes an adaptation of such a classic piece of literature is bound for failure. 2 stars
10/02/01 jc i did it just the same 5 stars
8/01/01 marc atlas mispercieved reality maintained by societies willingness to agree 4 stars
4/13/99 Jon Jackson Didn't care for the movie, loved the book. Really loved the book, that must be the problem. 3 stars
3/22/99 A. M. Most people dont know what its about. 4 stars
12/05/98 Scion of Sailor Jupiter Filmed in Muddy-Vision! A good flick, nonetheless. 4 stars
11/21/98 little jerry Surprisingly good.Reputation will grow over the years.Burton & Hurt are perfect. 4 stars
9/08/98 Young Einstein Eery, but not eery enough. Rushed to come out in the right year. 3 stars
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