The critics may not be crazy about this 2018 version of Ray Bradbury's epic, dystopian story, but that shouldn't stop you from enjoying this high tech, darker version of the film version directed by Ramin Bahrani and starring Michael B. Jordan as Montag, the conflicted fireman who starts fires (instead of putting them out) in an official capacity.
The film is set in a futuristic society where deep reading and critical thinking skills are criminal. All books are banned except for emoji versions of the Bible, Moby Dick, and To The Lighthouse. The job of the Cleveland Fire Department (that's right-Cleveland as in Ohio), is to search and destroy any paper or electronic manifestation of any other book, work of art or sheet music. And the hunt is always broadcast around the world, live on social media and the official news via the global Internet platform called the "9" as in, perhaps, the Temptations classic song, Cloud Nine ? It's not such a far stretch since the theme of the song is escapism through drugs and that's exactly what the 9 offers in this film-constant diversion and the easy ability to offer eyedrops that serve as a vehicle for mood altering drugs. Think YouTube and Amazon on steroids combined and you get the picture.