After telling a friend about Ray Bradbury's FARENHEIT 451, my friend told me about the movie EQUILIBRIUM and suggested that I see it. Upon this recommendation, I watched the movie and was not disappointed.
EQUILIBRIUM is a movie that takes place in the not-so-distant future. After years of war that have wracked and scarred the planet, a new government has taken control and from all appearances things seem at peace. The new government keeps order because all forms of Art: paintings, music, literature, etc; have been outlawed and made illegal. To ensure that no Art is produced, a group of specially trained officers known as Grammaton Clerics are trained to find hidden Art, destroy it, and kill those who produce it. Needless to say, an underground rebellion rises up to fight against the oppression. The resistance finds their hero in the most famous of the Clerics, John Preston (Christian Bale). Preston was forced to kill his partner, Partridge, when Partridge refused to turn in a book of poetry that had been confiscated. Through reading those poems, Preston, like a futuristic Apostle Paul, begins to realize the oppression that he has had a help in creating and seeks to set things right.
EQUILIBRIUM borrows many elements from the best of sci-fi. The dystopian society reminds one of George Orwell's 1984 or Ray Bradbury's FARENHEIT 451. Preston is in many ways a conglomeration of the firemen in FARENHEIT 451 and Harrison Bergeron from Kurt Vonnegut's famous story. The "Gun Kata" martial art that is introduced in the film reminds one of fighting scenes in THE MATRIX. However, despite all the similarities, EQUILIBRIUM does an excellent job of incorporating this various sci-fi themes and molding them together into something that is original.
It's hard to believe that the film went unnoticed in theatres. The movie has some great acting, good special effects, and great plot and character development. It's a sci-fi movie worth watching.
Even though I already posted a review for this extremely overrated shitfest of a movie, I feel like talking about it more. Equilibrium is one of the worst sci-fi/action movies ever made. It's an extremely uninspired amalgamation of The Matrix, 1984, and THX 1138. Plagued with horrendously ridiculous action scenes with ZERO tension in them, painfully corny dialogue and acting, plotholes galore, Lifetime movie-level sentimentality, … more
I decided to re-write this review of Equilibrium since I thought my original wasn't that good, so here's a better review. I'm extremely puzzled as to why this atrocious Kurt Wimmer film has now become a sacrosanct moving picture, to where any criticism on it is met with some of the most vicious down-voting and imbecilic commentary that's only rivaled by really snotty anime fans. Don't let this movie's jejune fanbase fool you, Equilibrium is … more
After World War 3, the world decided the only way for humanity to survive is to ban art and emotion. Inhabitants must take their daily "dose" of drugs that prohibit emotions. When John Preston (Christian Bale) drops his "dose," he begins to feel for the first time. Equilibrium was not a box office hit, however that has not stopped this top ten futuristic action movie from being a cult favorite. That's because in addition to Matrix style fight sequences, … more
OK, we've seen this type of movie before. The oppressive future governments ruling with violence and without remorse fighting against rebels wanting to be free. Equilibrium does this style of movie so much better. How? I hear you ask. With the help of Christian Bale. My review will be in three different stages. They are the story, the characters (or character) and the review which is just my opinion on the whole thing. The Story: In the beginning of the 21st century, World … more
When action leaped up in mid air and dance like fighting sequences splattered on my screen, the first question I asked myself was "How come I have never heard of this movie before?" It came and went into the movie theaters like a hushed shadow, yet hundreds of outstanding five star reviews prove it was well received and it did not slip by silently. One can easily assume that Equilibrium is just another action movie, but this hybrid of marital art styles, refined weaponry and … more
Up until I saw this film, I knew very little about Christian Bale. My wife told me that he was in a version of "Little Women" sometime ago. I've also seen him with smaller parts in other films. In "Equilibrium," Bale takes center stage as John Preston, a top cleric in Libria who hunts down "sense offenders." These "sense offenders" range from people who read poetry and novels, study art, or enjoy the occasional musical piece. In other words, anyone who shows any sort of emotion … more
A broad science fiction thriller in a classic vein,Equilibriumtakes a respectable stab at aFahrenheit 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), butEquilibriumshould be seen for Bale's moving performance as a man shocked back to human feeling.--Tom Keogh