Kurt Wimmer (2002)

15 Certificate


Our Score
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.


In a future world, emotions are outlawed, with the population kept under control with compulsory use of sedatives, ruthlessly enforced by gun-toting `clerics'. When one of these law enforcers stops taking his own drugs, he falls in with an underground group of rebels fighting to overthrow the system. Sci-fi adventure, starring Christian Bale, Emily Watson, Taye Diggs, Angus MacFadyen and Sean Bean.

Cast & Crew

John Preston Christian Bale
Mary O'Brien Emily Watson
Brandt Taye Diggs
Errol Partridge Sean Bean
Dupont Angus MacFadyen
Seamus Dominic Purcell
Father Sean Pertwee
Jurgen William Fichtner
Robbie Preston Matthew Harbour
Lisa Preston Emily Siewert
Director Kurt Wimmer
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Momentum PicturesGuidance: Violence, swearing.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray