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2081 (2009)

Not Rated | | Short, Action, Sci-Fi | 29 May 2009 (USA)
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A short film adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut's Harrison Bergeron, 2081 depicts a dystopian future in which, thanks to the 212th Amendment to the Constitution and the unceasing vigilance of the ... See full summary »

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... George Bergeron
... Hazel Bergeron
... Harrison Bergeron
... Narrator (voice)
... Handicapper General
... Lead HG Man (as James Burns)
Yuris Skujins ... Stuttering TV Anchor
David Healy ... Replacement TV Anchor
Alina Faye ... Lead Ballerina
... 'Prima' Ballerina (as Becky King)
Ira Gold ... Lead Usher
Florian Kashani ... Lead Security Guard
David Conner ... Solo Cellist
... Bomb Specialist
... Bomb Specialist
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A short film adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut's Harrison Bergeron, 2081 depicts a dystopian future in which, thanks to the 212th Amendment to the Constitution and the unceasing vigilance of the United States Handicapper General, everyone is "finally equal...." The strong wear weights, the beautiful wear masks and the intelligent wear earpieces that fire off loud noises to keep them from taking unfair advantage of their brains. It is a poetic tale of triumph and tragedy about a broken family, a brutal government, and an act of defiance that changes everything. Featuring an original score performed by the world-renowned Kronos Quartet (Requiem for a Dream) and narration by Academy Award Nominee Patricia Clarkson (Far From Heaven, Goodnight and Good Luck), 2081 stars James Cosmo (Braveheart, Trainspotting), Julie Hagerty (Airplane!, What About Bob?) and Armie Hammer (The Social Network). Written by Anonymous

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The film's director first came across the original story upon learning that Kurt Vonnegut was the favorite author of a girl he wanted to date. The short story collection 'Welcome to the Monkey House' was the first Vonnegut book he read. See more »

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Harrison Bergeron: They had hoped to destroy any trace of the extraordinary in me, and in time I came to share that hope. But the extraordinary, it seems, was simply out of their reach.
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Nihilistic trash.
18 June 2010 | by See all my reviews

This film left me with a sick feeling. If you enjoy the experience of a so called artist being sick on your face by all means watch it. Its only saving grace is it doesn't last too long and then you can go for a walk or something to clear your mind. I'm sure there are people out there will think this is deep, meaningful, artistic and profound but I suspect they wouldn't know profound if it hit them in the face. Of course there are plenty of 'messages' in here delivered without a trace of irony. They're the bleak, nihilistic, humourless, hopeless, depressing one's we see all too much on the screen these days. Who funds this crap? If you want to feel excited and empowered, have your imagination stimulated, be surprised and entertained I'd look elsewhere if I were you.


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