1984 (1984) - Drama, Sci-Fi

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In a totalitarian future society, a man, whose daily work is re-writing history, tries to rebel by falling in love.

IMDB: 7.1
Director: Michael Radford
Stars: John Hurt, Richard Burton
Length: 113 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 38 out of 192 found boring (19.79%)

One-line Reviews (122)

Is the ruling power manipulating the desires of the individual, by various forms of propaganda, - persuading masses of citizens to act in a regimented, uniform, colorless manner?

The cinematography is dull and daft.

Save the money you are planning to spend on the DVD and buy the novel, along with a copy of Animal Farm, instead.

Like Orwell's novel, this film is depressing but always compelling.

In the book, after the torture, Winston and Julia meet in a park and then after a banal conversation she leaves to join the crowd.

Nothing carries a shred of depth because the image is meant to be a postcard or propaganda poster.

Led by Big Brother, a shadowy image on the telescreen which broadcasts official propaganda and spies on the citizenry, Oceania is whipped into a paranoid state.

Certain scenes in the movie did combine it to make the movie easier to comprehend but it was still quite hard to follow.

Impressive as well as evocative production design has been rendered with meticulous attention to period detail .

Even the torture is a little too slow.

The meeting between Winston and O'Brien was dull and unmeaningful--in the novel, O'Brien is almost teasing Winston and Julia, though one only knows this in retrospect.

No matter if it is 2018, this gripping movie still depicts our society.

For those of you (normal people) who struggled like Winston being tortured to stay awake during this piece of doubleplus crap, my hat goes off to you.

Ministry of Propaganda) where his job is to rewrite history and official records to make them accord with the current Party line.

It was both chilling and compelling.

The torturer's apparatus, including some hideously large rats, is complete, but the shooting of these scenes is so bland.

Without it, this is just a confusing and hard to follow art-house movie that constantly keeps you guessing at what is actually going on.

And although their sexual relationship was portrayed vividly and splendidly, their conversations, which were so revealing and engrossing, were almost entirely excised.

A torture of your own devising.

Right from the opening scene, in which we look in on a screening of a short propaganda film, brilliantly conceived and executed by Radford, during the daily "two minutes hate", climaxing in Dominic Muldowney's memorable, genuinely stirring national anthem of Oceania played behind the gigantic image of Big Brother, we are catapulted headlong into Orwell's nightmare vision.

If you have never read the book, and have no intention of reading the book, then the movie is worth watching, so that you get the message, but I HIGHLY suggest reading the book first; it's a much more enjoyable experience.

The cinematography is fittingly dull, soaked entirely of the joys o color.

I suspect it's affected by 80s Soviet era anti-Soviet propaganda.

It is stunning and captures the atmosphere in the book extremely well.

I believe it is the second half why Gilliam's Brazil ended up the way it did and Lucas' THX 1138 decided to just go for a chase scene--these are visual, exciting motifs.

Boring, disturbing, and visually unappealing, the movie totally cannibalized the book.

Smith works in a people intensive environment where he is charged with the task of rewriting history.

The fact that the year 1984 is already behind us doesn't alter the impact of the story; if anything, our familiarity today with Orwell's ideas of doublethink, ideological brainwashing, and non-stop propaganda help make the movie less of a cautionary fable and more a depressing preview of events in the not too distant future.

The film also contains the final film appearance of Richard Burton, in one of his most fascinating and disturbing performances as O'Brien.

Overall a very nice film - not fantastic, but enjoyable.

It looks stunning.

Visually stunning adaption .

It is very slow, and boring.

However, despite the film's cleverness at portraying this idea, the film was very slow and did not seem to quite get the idea across.

Against this background our hero is a minor functionary amending past historical events so as to fit in with current party propaganda making war heroes un people.

Burton's O'Brian must be one of the most memorable villains of the silver screen, truly frightening and fascinating, suitably enigmatic and brilliant, just like Orwell described him.

The film's final let down is the moment of Winston's breaking, which, after a slow build up, is skipped over far too glibly.

This is a confusing, tediously slow-moving and nearly incomprehensible film.

But these scenes are very boring and it's all cheap TV show format.

Perhaps too by the pregnant year, this film was alternate history made dreary, nastily laid on, and Americans like things sweet.

He endures his repressive lifestyle until he sees a light at the end of a dark and dreary tunnel, a shred of hope in a world that's a living hell.

It's you who's dull...

If you can locate that version, I highly recommend it.

Exciting rendition that picks up every mote of bleak despair George Orwell's novel of a totalitarian future society in which a man whose daily work is rewriting history tries to rebel by falling in love .

And the Room 101 dream scenes were more strange and confusing to anyone who hasn't read the book than the Maze Runner dream scenes.

Just to put into perspective exactly how boring this is; I saw the horror film The Dentist yesterday, a movie most write off as pointless and forgettable.

Beside from the way to fast paced movie, the main actor did a good job.

Propaganda, the manipulation of news, image politics and the idolization of "leader" figures, unending war, the rewriting of history to suit the present, the willingness of some politicians at least to outright lie (and to be believed by many even as they lie shamelessly) - all of this is a part of the reality of many (perhaps most) Western "democratic" countries today.

The film's set design is drab and retro and full of urban decay and squalor that Ingsoc has brought to Airstrip One , you can almost smell the rats and rubble and exploding rocket bombs .

Richard Burton's last performance is stunning as is John Hurts this is a truly scary film.

When O'Brien invites Winston over to his house, a thrilling chapter in the book, it hardly has any effect because the only mention of O'Brien is when the camera shows him in the 2 minute hate and the very opening scene where their eyes meet, which in itself is also not developed.

Perhaps by the time this definitive version was made, cinema-goers had been subjected to far more spectacular and exciting stories of the future -- more puissant heroes, more alluring heroines -- with more uplifting endings.

The production values are understandably bland, the music is awful, and the food is the worst.

Pointless .

Sadly this version of 1984 never really worked for me as I found it to be pretentious, self-indulgent and pretty boring as well.

After a slow drive to the video store in which you try to avoid the police from extorting you, you enter a video store with enough security cameras to see parts of you that you've never seen.

Pointless, just read the book.

Directed by Michael Radford, Nineteen Eighty Four was a gripping and successful remake of the original 1950s version and a no-nonsense approach to Big Brother about a rebel Winston Smith brilliantly played by John Hurt and set in a bleak bloc outpost just like Stalin and the Communist regime with the secret police where people who show the obvious signs of rebellion face torture and worst, execution.

The movie still conveys these things well, and I do feel it is worth watching.

" But she continued "It's just a dull boring book".

This is a little too monotone although it is a good visual look.

This movie definitely stands on its own, and I found it intriguing enough to make me want more.

This is a truly evocative film.

The dull, grey sets and the propaganda posters are very subtle and portrays the hopelessness of the novel in a great way.

They did their best and I enjoyed it, regarding it as a very good movie on a book (because they kept close to the original).

Very slow and boring for most part.

") In addition to that there was the relentless propaganda, constant surveillance, and continual war as a means of controlling the population and giving them an enemy to vent against (probably by doing so preventing them from releasing their frustration against their own country.

The film also fails to make the love scenes between Winston and Julia (Suzanna Hamilton) suitably exciting and transportive.

In conclusion, while the book exists, this film is a wholly pointless creation.

The dystopia depicted here accurately displays the horror of an overly controlling and oppressive government system forcing its propaganda upon those below, and outwardly embracing anti-free speech and pro-war beliefs.

Human beings are intriguing creatures indeed, especially in the conception of their capabilities.

The film finishes with an invented, rather dull epilogue.

The audience needs to be familiar with all those things like 3 world powers, telescreens, propaganda and so on.

It was both chilling and compelling.

Smith is a mild-mannered member of the 'Outer Party,' or the massive outer section of government immersed in regular day-to-day matters; he is a history-revising employee at the Ministry of Truth, one of numerous ironically titled government branches.

Even the concept of "Big Brother" is intriguing - and the question was raised in the movie.

Particularly gripping, though, is O'Brien's interrogation of Winston in the Ministry of Love.

Aside from boring me, much of the movie got my blood boiling.

The torture scene in this one was ridiculous, repetitive nonsense.

To my mind, it is one of the most thrilling movies I have ever seen.

Later films such as Equilibrium and V for Vendetta have explored similar concepts but both of those films were stylish and entertaining.

Human beings are intriguing creatures indeed, especially in the conception of their capabilities.

All the stuff about new-speak and "double plus good" and rationing of things like chocolate or razor blades, is all just dressing for the real story which is a torture session designed to get a person to "think correctly", or, more rather, to get them to rebel and behave properly.

Watch this touching, fascinating and very atmospheric science fiction movie, it's just great!

The scene was riveting!

This scary and darkly displayed movie of forcing a lifestyle on the people made of propaganda and suppression works effectively well.

I love that picture very must, I've seen it a doze times and it still gets to me also thanks to the overwhelming performances of the acteurs I'm a great lover of SF (novels and pictures) and the first ever book I've been reading was Orwell's 1984.

This part of the movie is rather slow, which is probably intentional.

The people are under constant surveillance and there are screens everywhere broadcasting propaganda that keeps the masses devoted to leader Big Brother.

As long as there has been politics, there has been the potential for authoritarian states to enslave their citizens and dazzle them by the use of revisionist propaganda.

The most engaging sequences undoubtedly involve Burton and Hurt during the torture sessions, which are almost painful to watch.

It makes for an interesting viewing experience, but also makes for a dreary film.

" This adaptation manages to create some evocative imagery, sending you to the ravaged, fear-filled world of Airstrip One, which looks a lot like post-Blitz London might've.

As another review read, without having read the book prior, another viewer might be horribly confused or bored before the end.

The propaganda aspect of the novel is very challenging - slogans such as "War is Peace", "Thought is Crime" and the menacing "Big Brother is watching you", combined with the use of repetition are standard advertising techniques.

I also like the way the propaganda films are shot – they're sepia in colour and again they look like something out of the Second World War.

The atmosphere and propaganda during the early 40s are included into his story and Nazi Germany was very much like the state of civilization depicted in 1984 except that it continued 45 year into the future, a parallel time line depicted in detail.

While we get a bellyful of the kind of propaganda citizens are force-fed with those screens that never turn off, the "Big Brother is watching you" aspect isn't as played out...

George also wrote ¨Animal Farm¨ , a barely-disguised metaphor for Stalin's propaganda-laced Soviet Russia, as well as his later novel 1984.

Ah, but it's the fact that Winston Smith lives a dreary life with the perspective that he serves a larger party that will take care of his every need and desire, all the while inside he is craving more.

"This is probably the most stupid and boring book I've ever read!

With a breathtaking and often despairing authenticity the casting, acting, writing, production and set design bring even more life into the mental picture of Oceania and give subtle detail to one of the century's great works.

The plot could sometimes be hard to follow and the characters were kind of just thrown into the movie without that much of a back story.

By the way, the government is extremely bored and has a lot of time on it's hands.

Explaining that Big Brother, or rather the people behind that facade, feel threatened when furious, intense emotions are not directed towards them instead of elsewhere, is a task very few directors are equal to.

But anyways, the only letdowns was that this film is artsy fartsy which results in boring ass pacing and all that.

Show about a dreary, oppressed existence dictated by a negative-utopia world .

Winston Smith (Hurt), a frail, and subtly loner, lives a pathetic and empty life in his methodical existence.

The environment is atmospheric and compelling - whilst the ever present propaganda narrative spouts the successes of the party in the war with Eurasia, everywhere the eye looks is dereliction, decay and despair.

Boring .

The excessive dialog drowns out the truly compelling parts of the torture.

Yes, I also believe that 1984 was one THE worst movies ever made.

I understand that this existed to highlight their rebellion against Big Brother, but how far do you have to go before it starts to become self-indulgent?

As I've said, John Hurt's torture-chamber performance is a virtue, and the urban mis-en-scene, exterior and interior, is evocative: just don't watch this one when you're feeling impatient.

Winston Smith (Hurt), a frail, and subtle loner, lives a pathetic and empty life in his methodical existence.

We see moments that were quite evocative in the novel, such as Julia tearing off the party uniform, rendered as incredibly sterile and unmoving in film.

As a film, it is all a matter of style, that retrotechno look that begins with familiar Nazi cinema propaganda and extrapolates forward.

I saw NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR at the last showing of the last day in the theatre, nearly empty.

It all seems pointless.

To me this film is unwatchable, because of my love for the book.

The film is visually uninteresting and the plot moves too slow for it to be saved on that front.

If anything, this film makes a unique and compelling case for some of the oldest cinematic devices in the book that nearly all contemporary filmmakers have since abandoned: slow dissolves, fades, blackouts, shock-cuts, slow motion, flashbacks, montage.