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Equilibrium (18-Oct-2002)

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.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Christian Bale
30-Jan-1974   The Dark Knight
Sean Bean
17-Apr-1959   Boromir in Lord of the Rings
Taye Diggs
2-Jan-1971   How Stella Got Her Groove Back
William Fichtner
27-Nov-1956   Agent Mahone on Prison Break
David Hemmings
18-Nov-1941 3-Dec-2003 Blow-Up
Angus Macfadyen
21-Sep-1963   Braveheart
Sean Pertwee
4-Jun-1964   Equilibrium
Dominic Purcell
17-Feb-1970   Prison Break
Emily Watson
14-Jan-1967   Angela's Ashes
Kurt Wimmer
9-Mar-1964   Equilibrium


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 dystopia.)

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