39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real Sleeper!
I've never heard of this movie before until I accidentally read someone's review on another movie. He was wondering why movies like Equilibrium did not get any attention which it deserved. I could not resist my curiosity and thus I rented it right away. What a pleasant surprise! Even if the cover looked like a typical B-class movie, the movie itself was a real deal...
Published on Feb. 8 2004 by Mantaray
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars so, so offering...aspect ratio NEEDS to be corrected...
So I doubt I'll see a really good release of this film in the near future...the picture quality, while just passable, is in the wrong aspect ratio and needs to be corrected and the DTS-MA is good, but not great. The latest release in the states is a double pack with the movie "Renaissance" that restores the correct aspect ratio but has lossy Dolby Digital 5.1. Gotta...
Published 20 months ago by Darth Fabulous
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GOOD MOVIE AND A GOOD TRANSFER TO BLU-RAY,
This review is from: Equilibrium [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)After reading the 1 star review I was skeptical to buy this movie on blu-ray but I have to admit that I'm glad that I did. The blu-ray version provides a clear and crisp movie experience that the DVD version would not. I have a large widescreen tv so I didn't feel like I "missed" anything. The movie itself is also great; well worth having.
9 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Alliance Atlantis should burn...,
This review is from: Equilibrium [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)First of all let me say that this movie is fantastic as most of you already knows.Now to the point, this blu ray deserve no more than one star because the original 2:35.1 aspect ratio of the movie has been $%^&***&%%$. Shame on you alliance atlantis. What's wrong with black bars on big screen tvs anyway? Even though this movie looks better on blu ray I will always watch on dvd. Ive seen this movie so many times that when I watch in on blu ray, I feel that there is something missing.Im really pissed off.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Region ALL?,
This review is from: Equilibrium (SteelBook Edition) [Blu-ray + DVD] (Blu-ray)Can anyone confirm whether it`s region A og region ALL? Is the aspect ration correct aswell? 2.35?
Btw, this film OWNS!
1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I laughed so hard I forgot to ask for my money back...,
By A Customer(...)P>I was one of the ten people in America who caught EQUILIBRIUM in the theatre and dear lord, I laughed until I cried. I hadn't seen such an earnestly bad movie since BATTLEFIELD EARTH.
Just because a science fiction movie adopts a lofty premise (what would the world be like if we couldn't feel.. sniff?) doesn't mean it's a good or intelligent movie. The "world without feeling" premise is so flimsy, it's hysterical. They live in a world without emotion (to prevent war), but the clerics and government officials all display anger, aggression, ambition, prejudice, etc.
Wimmer ignores any interesting aspect of exploring characters who feel no emotion and instead occupies himself with creating a low-rent version of THE MATRIX. The visuals and the look of the movie are all uniformly pathetic. Apparently, Dimension had left-over sets from IMPOSTER and wanted to make another forgettable sci-fi flick on the cheap.
There are so many hysterically bad moments in the film, there are almost too many to list, but here's a few: Christian Bale abandons his whole belief system for the love of a puppy; future people think throwing criminals into a giant furnace is a prudent form of capital punishment; in the future, we all have lots of futuristic gadgets, but we'll drive repainted Ford Tauruses; the government decides that the best way to enforce use of the "no feeling pill" is to create a group of CLERICS (?) who do kung-fu with guns--that's right, KUNG-FU WITH GUNS--yep, that's good; and apparently, the government only needs 2 or 3 clerics to police all of society.
Don't let anyone fool you into thinking that this is a "deep" or "serious" work of science fiction. It's cheap genre trash that hides behind Philosophy for Dummies and an art house cast.
BUT I do recommend that you see EQUILIBRIUM. It's hilariously bad and makes a great companion piece for a bad movie night with BATTLEFIELD EARTH, DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS, or SHOWGIRLS.
0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Total waste of time,
I even asked the rental to return me the money I spent on it, as it was on their recomendations display.
DONT GET NEAR IT.
1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The worst movie I've seen this year,
Now I was actually hoping to be pleasantly surpirsed by Equilibrium, as the storyline seemed to be a very promising one. Set in the future in the aftermath of World War 3, a drug is given to people to keep their emotions stable, with the thought being that it is emotions that account for wars beginning in the first place, thus eliminating them would rid the world of war altogether. But one person forgets to take the drug, and so it goes...
But it seems the storyline is only good thing about this film, as it drags on to become a total bore. It's main weakness being the action sequences, good on effects, but completely ridiculous on realisation, as we see one man wipe out a gang of twenty or so other men time and time again. The scenes are corny, and I found myself laughing at the stupidity of them countless times.
There were only about ten people in the whole cinema when I went (which figures) including my friends, and even they, who had been eagerly awaiting it admitted afterwards that it was bad to the point of being laughable, so I honestly don't know where all these good reviews have been coming from. Then again. there were a few morons in the audience who seemed to be enjoying it, so I suppose they could have come from them .
I'm not saying this a truly, truly, awful movie. As I've written in my title, it is the worst movie I have seen this year. I'm sure there have been worse ones than this, but I wouldn't know because I only try to watch quality movies. But compared to the rest I have seen this year, this is definitely the worst.
2 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This is what a bad movie looks like!!!!!!!!!,
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This review is from: Equilibrium (DVD)This is a really bad movie. Do not waste your money or time with it. If I could give it a negative star rating, I would.The premise of the film isn't original at all. I watched, waiting for a final twist, but it ended in the usual way. To compare this to the Matrix is an insult. It also trys to compare itself to Minority report. This does not ring true either.
5 of 61 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor excuse for a movie,
By A Customer
This review is from: Equilibrium (DVD)This movie was highly recommended. I regret wasting the time watching it. I hoped, vainly, that it would get better but it did not. Matix made you think about our world and our reality. This movie did none of those things.
I read a lot of SF and this script is so poorly done that I was getting madder and madder at the stupid dialog and character "motivations". I offered to lend the DVD to friends but they would not take it.
If you want a well crafted movie rent or buy Donnie Darko.
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Equilibrium by Kurt Wimmer (DVD - 2003)
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