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A broad science fiction thriller in a classic vein, Equilibrium takes a respectable stab at a Fahrenheit 451-like cautionary fable. The story finds Earth's post-World War III humankind in a state of severe emotional repression: If no one feels anything, no one will be inspired by dark passions to attack their neighbors. Writer-director Kurt Wimmer's monochromatic, Metropolis-influenced cityscape provides an excellent backdrop to the heavy-handed mission of John Preston (Christian Bale), a top cop who busts "sense offenders" and crushes sentimental, sensual, and artistic relics from a bygone era. Predictably, Preston becomes intrigued by his victims and that which they die to cherish; he stops taking his mandatory, mood-flattening drug and is even aroused by a doomed prisoner (Emily Watson). Wimmer's wrongheaded martial arts/dueling guns motif is sheer silliness (a battle over a puppy doesn't help), but Equilibrium should be seen for Bale's moving performance as a man shocked back to human feeling. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an alternate Blu-ray edition.
It's an allright movie, if you can get past the b-grade acting and the obvious BS of the gun kata, it's got interesting elements of a dystopian universe.Published 6 months ago by A Large Potted House Plant
My type of entertainment. Not for everyone. Enjoyable movie.Published 14 months ago by Gary S. Melnyk
Better than expected. Bale is a fine craftsman , his portrayal of this evolving protagonist is a real treat to witness.Published 15 months ago by Mitchell Fournier