1984

1984, Sci-fi, 1h 55m

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1984 doesn't fully emerge from the shadow of its source material, but still proves a solid, suitably discomfiting adaptation of a classic dystopian tale. Read critic reviews

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A man loses his identity while living under a repressive regime. In a story based on George Orwell's classic novel, Winston Smith (John Hurt) is a government employee whose job involves the rewriting of history in a manner that casts his fictional country's leaders in a charitable light. His trysts with Julia (Suzanna Hamilton) provide his only measure of enjoyment, but lawmakers frown on the relationship -- and in this closely monitored society, there is no escape from Big Brother.

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  • Aug 28, 2021
    It is the likely the perfect realization of Orwell's novel on a purely visual level. I have minor quibbles with the screenplay but at least it is a total downer. Also Hurt is the only conceivable choice to play Winston
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 06, 2017
    2 + 2 = 22. new math!
    Sanity Assassin ! Super Reviewer
  • Nov 02, 2015
    Straightforward adaptation. Reasonably compelling. Between a 3.5 and a 4. Bumping it to a 4.
    Kyle M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 10, 2013
    It's got great costumes, amazing set design, atmospheric and masterfully displayed. Although there were some small changes from the book, I still enjoyed the adaptation greatly. I didn't like how explicit the film treated with nudity and sex, it shouldn't be so graphic, it doesn't really match the depressing theme running throughout. One thing that really stood was the change of calling each other comrades to calling each other brothers or sisters, it made sense to the use of Big Brother. The lunacy and frantic of the Two Minutes Hate were badly done I reckon, it wasn't really that heated, people were able to control themselves straight after kinda didn't make sense and seemed flimsy. But overall, Nineteen Eighty Four was quite well done, but not great.
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