Harrison Bergeron Reviews
August 20, 2009
This is an excellent movie about the inevitable destiny of the nanny state. Based on the Kurt Vonnegut short story (though actually giving more background that the original story did), this film should be a clarion call to every freedom loving individual to take a closer look at what the paternalistic socialists in the democratic party are attempting to foist upon the American people.
November 18, 2012
Two levels to this film. The first is its quality: very good and enjoyable, very clear and well acted by all involved, just not big budget big screen special effects. Sort of like the old Twilight Zones. The more important level is the story. It takes the Vonnegut concept, that the government can and will make us all equal even if it has to cripple us, and grows it into a complete and plausible reality. This movie turned Sean Astin into a star.
August 26, 2010
How come no one's seen this movie? To be honest I hadn't until my teacher shown me this, but couldn't this at least be more recognized? I haven't read the novel yet, but the dialogue, setting, and concept really pull me in. I love how the government tries to make an equal average world without envy by keeping a person's intelligence, talents, and etc. I think it does a good job explaining the setting and Harrison's life style and soon change into a secret area. My second favorite part is when Harrison reveals the secret area and what people are capable of if they weren't trying to be made equal to stop envy. My favorite is his conversation with the man in charge about what a person can be capable of (good and bad). I'm not sure if the film's main point was to show that something cannot exist without its opposite but I still think it's present. Harrison himself explains that when they took away envy, they took away love. They also try to take away stupidity and intelligence as well as many other opposite to make man equal. I'm pretty sure at the moment, this is my favorite movie. I think it really picks up once Harrison is apart of the secret area and it's a movie that makes me question things.
August 26, 2010
this is by far my favorite movie of all time. in this adaptation of kurt vonnegut's short story sean astin plays harrison bergeron, a young man in the not so distant future. harrison is very intelligent in a u.s. where its illegal to be anything but average at anything from test scores to sports. in this dystopian future there are many parrallels to our current 2009 society, a couple of the main examples of these are that everyone in this dismal future have to be handicapped by an electronic band that must be worn at all times in order to keep everyone from being too focused and in effect the band hinders intelligece. this clearly symbolizes tv and how it causes add and adhd. although this movie causes the viewer to look at a multitude of differnt isues in a very artistic way the acting does leave quite a bit to be desired. only the supporting actors that dont have many lines are fairly bad actors so this is easily looked past. ultimately the very human lesson that is being taught by this movie is that that we want the most and need above all else is freedom, and that we as people are willing to do whatever it takes to atain this freedom.