Equilibrium (2002)

Equilibrium (2002)
  • Time: 107 min
  • Genre: Action | Drama | Sci-Fi
  • Director: Kurt Wimmer
  • Cast: Christian Bale, Emily Watson, Taye Diggs


In a futuristic world, a strict regime has eliminated war by suppressing emotions: books, art and music are strictly forbidden and feeling is a crime punishable by death. Cleric John Preston (Bale) is a top ranking government agent responsible for destroying those who resist the rules. When he misses a dose of Prozium, a mind-altering drug that hinders emotion, Preston, who has been trained to enforce the strict laws of the new regime, suddenly becomes the only person capable of overthrowing it.

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  • If you liked the action and fight scenes in ‘The Matrix’ you will appreciate them in ‘Equilibrium’.

    I was left feeling hollow after watching the tertiary incarnation of ‘The Matrix’ films. The endless “This happens because it happens.” roads seemed more than a little tedious after a while. I felt the film began to be a stereotype of itself.

    ‘Equilibrium’ was certainly a refreshing change. A futuristic film, with a solid plot, that didn’t try too hard (as I felt ‘The Matrix’ did towards the end.) There were good performances all round, but I felt Christian Bale was much more than that. He made you believe, without compromise, that he was awakening to a whole new world of soul baptising emotions. You actually felt for him, as he felt emotions like compassion, remorse and guilt for the first time. At one point I was thinking “It’s only a Dog for Gods sake!”, but for John Preston (Bale) it must have been heart wrenching.

    I was especially impressed with the scene when he stepped out of the incinerator after Mary (Emily Watson) was ‘processed’. He would have had to act like he was emotionless to get out of the building, and at first it did appear that way. But you could see in his eyes that he was grieving for her, like he couldn’t accept what he had just seen. This, coupled with the realisation that he was responsible for his own wife’s demise, provides excellent material for Preston to align with the resistance, and fight the machine.

    There are some elements of the farcical, but if you are able to over look them you will not regret renting this.

    Surprisingly good – 8/10

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