Director: Kurt Wimmer
Writer: Kurt Wimmer
Keywords: Sci-Fi, Action/Adventure
A law enforcement official in a dystopian society rebels against his superiors.
The year is 2072. Libria, a totalitarian state formed out of the ashes of the Third World War, maintains a firm grip over its subservient populace through the banning of any and all "emotionally-stimulating material" and acts of free expression. Those who dare resist Libria's strict regulations are branded "Sense Offenders", arrested on sight, and sentenced to death by incineration. Enter John Preston, a high-ranking Librian law enforcement official responsible for administering punishments to "Sense Offenders"; when the normally-compliant officer misses a dose of Prozium, the drug responsible for keeping the Librian population pacified and in check, he suffers a classic crisis of conscience, driven to revolt against the regime after his freed mind opens up to thoughts of political liberalization.
Review by anonymous (posted on 20-Jun-2005)
Really good bad movie. A great
melange on the dystopias in 1984 and Brave New World, the entire
populace drugs itself daily to completely suppress all human emotions.
Mr. Bale plays an enforcer who hunts down people who are maudlin
collectors of kitsch and art... People who apparently abandon their
drugs to feel emotions, and wind up primarily feeling nothing more than
a helpless loss. All forms of self expression that convey emotional
reactions are banned on pain of death. So it does for "Precious
Moments" collectors what Logan's Run did for 30 year olds (or 21 year
olds, if you refer to the book.) It's not a bad movie because it's
derivative, it's a bad movie because Bale's character first crosses the
line from enforcer to criminal because he's ordered to destroy a
Newfoundland puppy (yes, pets are emotional triggers and are therefore
verboten) and he just couldn't do it. Oh, and because it uses gun-kata,
the idea that the choreographed rapid pointing and shooting of a gun
(in a fashion completely disconnected from the locations of the people
you're shooting at) is more effective in a gun fight than... uh...
aiming your weapon. But there are a lot of good bad fight scenes and
lots of good cheap use of East Berlin cityscapes (the epitome of
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