After reading the short story Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. and watching the film 2081 adapted from the same short story, I conclude that the the original short story is more effective in telling the narrative. Now, don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed 2081, but it falls flat in some important places which keep it from fully surpassing the original Harrison Bergeron. The book does a great of establishing the setting and characters using descriptive language and just overall clever writing. However, the film borrows more than it should from the original and doesn’t really improve on or expand the world of Harrison Bergeron, visually or narratively. For example, the film begins with a woman narrating the first two paragraphs of the short story word for word while the camera pans around the home of George and Hazel. I feel like this was a missed opportunity for the filmmakers to show and not tell. This kind of exposition in a film feels cheap whereas in the “book” it feels natural. In fact, I appreciate the straightforward opening in the written version of Harrison Bergeron, but it just feels off in 2081. The rest of the film has no more narration and the acting is solid from all characters but cinematography is mediocre at best. I realize that this is a low budget film, but since the visuals aren’t particular impressive, though they adequately portray the events in the story, I have to say the book does a better job telling the story. In conclusion, 2081 is a good short thriller that compliments its source material but fails to realize its full potential as a film and not a book.