Harrison Bergeron

Essay by gadnaneHigh School, 10th gradeA-, May 2004

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It's a split! Harrison Bergeron is a mildly bad movie but if you take to mind that this is a low budget TV film - it wasn't so bad. The movie was a mildly successful portray based on the short story by Kurt Vonnegut. Directed by Bruce Pitman and written by Arthur Krim.

Bruce Pittman presents a story, based on a short story by Kurt Vonnegut, in a simple, but powerful way. The idea of men becoming truly equal is one with its pros and cons, and with Harrison Bergeron, Bruce Pittman examines both the pros and cons. True, when everyone is pretty much the same, there is no jealousy, no crime, and no conflict. But would you accept this at the cost of losing art, music, and almost all forms of self-expression? In the movie handicaps are issued to every person preventing them from surpassing average intelligence, therefore creating a truly "egalitarian" society, where no man is better than the other.

Harrison Bergeron (played by Sean Astin) is a young boy born with an exceptional mind, one which no handicap could control. On a visit to the doctor Harrison is recruited by an elite group of intelligent men who secretly control the media, politics and help keep everything the way it is. Once Harrison finds out what pleasures this organization is denying man kind, Harrison takes it to heart to create a third world revolution.

The acting in this movie was more or less good ...but not great. For the most part the actors did a very good job in playing their roles but there were scenes where I found it hard to believe the importance of the subject matter. For the special effects I found them to be almost horrible; the cars and houses almost...