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2081 | based on Kurt Vonnegut's "Harrison Bergeron"


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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 by Lee Brooks performed by 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).


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  • Actors: Patricia Clarkson, James Cosmo, Julie Hagerty, Armie Hammer
  • Directors: Chandler Tuttle
  • Writers: Kurt Vonnegut
  • Format: Multiple Formats, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Independent
  • DVD Release Date: January 25, 2010
  • Run Time: 25 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (167 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002Y2BDEE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,877 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Are short films supposed to be this good?
Jonathan
A note to those who have never read the short story: aside from a few plot devices and tonal changes, this film is very much like the original text.
Perschon
Government trying to "handicap" some in the cause of "equality" is going to far.
Edward Hamilton

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82 of 87 people found the following review helpful By javajunki TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 28, 2010
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Vonnegut fans will appreciate this well done rendition despite the short duration of the film. Clocking in at only 25 minutes, 2081 is not exactly enough to fill "movie night" but what it lacks in length it more than makes up for in substance. For those that wonder how well the somewhat elusive and reflective nature of the story will play out on film...the answer is "surprisingly well".

The premise is simple enough, a dystopian future where equality for all has finally been realized through the use of facial masks for the beautiful, body weights for the strong and neural impediments for the smart. Those extraordinary individuals who cannot conform to mediocrity are subject to state sponsored rehabilitation that borders on torture.

Although set in the future, the thought provoking premise will leave some viewers wondering if the future is already upon us.
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52 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan on November 25, 2010
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I first read "Harrison Bergeron" in my ninth grade English class seven years ago and have re-read it every couple of years since. When I saw the mindblowing trailer for "2081" last year I could not wait to see the film. After months of waiting the DVD was finally released. To say that it did not disappoint would be an understatement of epic proportions. I was blown away by the film, easily one of the best book-to-film adaptations I have seen. Vonnegut's films have generally been adapted terribly in the past, and this is probably the first one I've seen that really works. Every bit of the brilliance of Vonnegut's story shines through in the film, and the few departures from the source material are basically just tweaks to modernize the story and ground it a bit more in reality.

It's short (about 25 min), but to have made it any longer would have required adding original story material and would have adulterated Vonnegut's beautifully concise story. There was a feature length adaptation of Harrison Bergeron in the 90's that tried this (starring Christopher Plummer and Sean Astin) quite unsuccessfully. Even with a great cast and much bigger budget, Harrison Bergeron did not work as a feature film. But at 25 minutes, 2081 thrives as an entirely self-contained narrative set in a fully-realized dystopian world. It is a truly beautiful film and was obviously a labor of love for the filmmakers. There are no cut corners to clue you off that this is an indie film, and the production values rival those of any big-budget theatrical feature.

The cast is pitch-perfect. Armie Hammer - who is currently getting Oscar buzz for his role in The Social Network - headlines as Harrison Bergeron. He could not have better cast in the role.
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38 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Perschon on February 10, 2010
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I've been teaching Kurt Vonnegut's "Harrison Bergeron" for several years now in intro-English college/university courses. It's a student favorite, and so when I saw the preview for this film a year ago, I was very excited. The long wait has been worth it. "2081" is both an excellent adaptation of, as well as able departure from Vonnegut's short story. I cannot recommend it enough for English instructors, both secondary and post-secondary. At 25 minutes, the movie matches the short story in concision, storyline, and almost all of the dialogue. The differences are commendable, and make for a worthwhile study of why filmmakers employ different devices to tell the same story as a writer. The inclusion of a bomb-threat seems initially sensational, but in the final reveal, is true to the theme of media Vonnegut explored in the short story. The theme of equality, while not lost, takes a backstage to media in this version, and perhaps rightly so, both given that it IS part of that medium (we are watching an indictment of screen-media on the same type of screen), and because it is more relevant to 21st century audiences (this is not to say that equality has ceased to be relevant, simply that it has been explored in other films ad nauseum). In short, this short film is worth every penny if you teach the story. And for those of you who don't, I can only say that it is a challenging little film: do not expect this one to go over well with your Saturday night movie night unless you like to have discussion afterward.

A word about casting: I couldn't have chosen a better actress than Julie Haggerty for Hazel, who is likely an homage to Gracie Burns.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By L. H. Singletary on February 22, 2010
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Anyone not familiar with Kurt Vonnegut's short story, Harrison Bergeron, will be slightly--but only slightly--off balance. Think of the premise as Vonnegut's take on 1984, or even Animal Farm.

The casting here is spot-on, the cinematography that of a much higher budget production. As a matter of fact, all the production values are those of a much higher budget film. Direction is strong, and the performances are as nuanced as can be in this type of serious, cautionary tale satire.

A highlight is the use of Kronos Quartet. The music is absolutely an uncredited character in the short.

This film is, in case you don't know, sort of a cinematic variation of [...]--an end run around the studio system, by Independent Film Institute. This alone is enough reason to pick up a copy. Breaking the studios' strangle hold on content will be a breakthrough for film.
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