Equilibrium

  • 15
  • Kurt Wimmer (2002)
  • US
  • 102 min
Film Review
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3 out of 5

If you get the feeling that you've seen Equilibrium before, you probably have - or bits of it at least. From the 1984-style dystopian setting and Fahrenheit 451 theme of social censorship to the visual influence of The Matrix, this is a bit of a sci-fi smorgasbord. An impressively pumped-up Christian Bale plays a "Cleric", a cop whose job is to enforce a law compelling the population to take an emotion-suppressing drug. But when he himself stops taking the medication, he slowly experiences the joys of free expression and even manages to fall in love (with renegade "sense-offender" Emily Watson). Despite often being preposterous and heavy-handed, there are enough slick visuals to offset the overall silliness, and the displays of "Gun-kata" - a blend of martial arts and gunplay - provide some blistering action scenes.

Plot Summary

Futuristic action thriller starring Christian Bale, Emily Watson and Taye Diggs. Following the Third World War, the population of Libria are forced by law to take an expression-suppressant in an attempt to prevent further conflict. When enforcement officer John Preston forgets his own dosage, he discovers a rebel group keeping art and literature alive. Under threat from the government, can he help them survive?

Cast and crew

Cast

John Preston
Christian Bale
Mary
Emily Watson
Brandt
Taye Diggs
Dupont
Angus MacFadyen
Partridge
Sean Bean
Father
Sean Pertwee
Robbie Preston
Matthew Harbour
Jurgen
William Fichtner
Seamus
Dominic Purcell
Special squad officer
Christian Karhrmann
Rebel victim
Kurt Wimmer
Proctor
David Hemmings

Crew

Director
Kurt Wimmer

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Momentum Pictures
Guidance: 
Violence, swearing.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Released 14 Mar 2003
Certificate 15
Distributor:
Momentum Pictures
Categories
Drama

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