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Brave New World (1998)

In a futuristic totalitarian utopian society, babies are created through genetic engineering, everyone has a predestined place in society and their minds are conditioned to follow the rules. A tragic outsider jeopardizes the status quo.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Gallagher ... Bernard Marx
Leonard Nimoy ... Mustapha Mond
Tim Guinee ... John Cooper
Rya Kihlstedt ... Lenina Crowne
Sally Kirkland ... Linda
Patrick J. Dancy Patrick J. Dancy ... Henry Foster
Steven Flynn ... James
Wendy Benson-Landes ... Fanny (as Wendy Benson)
Steven Schub ... Beta Clerk
Daniel Dae Kim ... Ingram
Miguel Ferrer ... Director of Hatcheries and Conditioning
Angela Oh ... Delta Coffee Server
Jacob Chase ... Gabriel
Nicholas Belgrave Nicholas Belgrave ... Alpha Student Boy #1 (as Nick Belgrave)
Katie DeShan ... Alpha Student Girl #1
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In a futuristic totalitarian utopian society, babies are created through genetic engineering, everyone has a predestined place in society and their minds are conditioned to follow the rules. A tragic outsider jeopardizes the status quo.

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English

Release Date:

19 April 1998 (USA) See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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1.33 : 1
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The book, "Brave New World" that this movie's based on, has been banned in many places, including Ireland in 1932. It was Huxley's 5th novel. It was also based on many people, including Freud and Jung, and each character is based off of someone as well. Also, the book has many references to Shakespeare, and some of his banned works. See more »

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A distorted version of the novel
26 August 2002 | by jmaizSee all my reviews

Brave new world is one of the most inspiring and prescient novels of the 20th century (it was first published in 1932). In the future it portrays, humanity has achieved its final goal: happiness, understood as the ability of each person to satisfy his/her impulses almost immediately. Achieving this goal means leaving science, religion, and most of our culture in the way. In this perfect world people have all the sex and TV they want, hyperconsumption is a social virtue, and books are denigrated because they promote individualism. Sounds familiar?

The novel is dark and pessimistic and the characters' personality is flat because they are supposed to be that way. The only exception in the novel, the savage, is well portrayed in the movie but the rest of the characters appear too normal (too present-day) in the movie. This is especially true in the case of Lenina, the central female character who is supposed to be typical of her time (no brains, just fun, thank you) in the novel while in the movie has a more complex personality. This change ends up altering the plot and was probably caused by that big stupidity of our times, political correctness.

This adaptation of the novel for TV mass consumption also includes several other changes such as an assassination plot (unthinkable in the original) and the inclusion of a happy ending, which completely distort the message. Maybe, the novel was right: all that matters is having a lot of sex and violence on TV but we should avoid "intellectual" narratives that make people think and, therefore, "unhappy".

1/10.


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