Christian Bale grounds the thing, such as it is, but you could make a drinking game over all the loose ends and plot holes. It's only a movie. A future society that subdues its populace with an emotionally inhibiting drug is enforced by a police force of "clerics" who execute all those accused of "sense crime".
Dismissed by most upon its release as just another Matrix clone, there are superficial similarities; stylistically the action choreography and costume design are very similar. There's a lot more going on under the surface however, as it takes cues from the likes of and Fahrenheit in its depiction of a totalitarian, book burning society and message of individuality and what it means to be human. But by far the biggest difference is in its star; Christian Bale's far superior range makes for a performance that's both emotionally engaging and believable in its depiction of a man suddenly in conflict with everything he had been taught and dealing with emotions he has no experience with.
Equilibrium is a very under-rated film in my opinion and is everything a sci-fi movie should be about; style, action, strong concepts and a message about the human condition. More V For Vendetta than The Matrix and definitely worth seeking out if you like sci-fi with a political slant. It takes itself to seriously but it's an interesting sci-fi flick nevertheless. More Top Movies Trailers Forums.
Season 7 Black Lightning: Season 2 DC's Legends of Tomorrow: Season 4 Doctor Who: Season 11 The Flash: Season 5 This Is Us: Season 3 Saturday Night Live: Season 4 The Walking Dead: View All Photos 8. In the nation of Libria, there is always peace among men. The rules of the Librian system are simple. If you are happy, you will be arrested. If you cry, the law will hunt you down. If you read a contraband book or so much as look at a smuggled painting, you've committed a crime. To keep the peace, citizens must take their daily doses Prozium, a powerful designer drug that stops feelings dead and keeps everyone on an even keel.
Refuse to take the drug and special police will find you. Up until now, top-ranking government official John Preston has believed in this system, has upheld the system as a highly-trained "Cleric" who seeks out and destroys those who don't take their pills. But then he skips his own dose of Prozium--and discovers an incredible new world of sensation that gives him the passion to fight for freedom. Christian Bale as John Preston. Emily Watson as Mary O'Brien. Taye Diggs as Brandt.
Angus Macfadyen as Dupont.
Sean Pertwee as Father. William Fichtner as Jurgen. Sean Bean as Partridge. Matthew Harbour as Robbie Preston. David Barrass as Evidentiary Storage Officer. Emily Siewert as Lisa Preston. Dominic Purcell as Seamus. Maria Pia Calzone as Preston's Wife.
Endgame and " The Umbrella Academy. Retrieved 19 September In the colorful future, a cab driver unwittingly becomes the central figure in the search for a legendary cosmic weapon to keep Evil and Mr. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. December 24, Rating: Those in violation are labeled "Sense Offenders" and are put to death. In a futuristic world, a strict regime has eliminated war by suppressing emotions:
Alexa Summer as Viviana Preston. Christian Kahrmann as Office in Charge. John Keogh as Chemist. David Barrash as Evidentiary Storage Officer. Dick Martens as Gate Guard. Unable to bear her death, Preston unsuccessfully tries to stop it.
Equilibrium is a American dystopian science fiction action film written and directed by Kurt Wimmer, and starring Christian Bale, Emily Watson, and Taye. Equilibrium, in several sciences, is the condition of a system in which all competing influences are balanced. Equilibrium may also refer to.
As he has an emotional breakdown in the streets, Brandt arrests him and brings him before DuPont. However, Preston tricks DuPont into believing that Brandt is the traitor. Following Brandt's arrest, Preston is informed that a search of his home will take place as a formality. He rushes home to destroy the hidden vials only to find his son, who stopped taking Prozium after his mother died, already has.
Jurgen has Preston capture the leaders of the resistance to gain the government's trust and get close enough to assassinate Father. Preston is granted an exclusive audience with Father only to discover that Brandt was not actually arrested; he was part of a ruse to expose Preston and the Underground. DuPont reveals that he is the real Father, having secretly replaced the original Father after his death, and that he does not take Prozium and can feel emotions.
He taunts Preston, asking how it felt to betray the Underground. Enraged, Preston fights his way through an army of bodyguards to DuPont's office and kills Brandt in a katana battle. DuPont and Preston have a gun kata showdown; Preston wins and DuPont pleads for his life, asking, "Is it really worth the price?
He destroys the command center that broadcasts Father propaganda. Preston watches with satisfaction, as the revolution begins with the Underground's destruction of Prozium manufacturing facilities. Angus Macfadyen 's character, Vice-Counsel DuPont, describes the fictional fighting style gun kata in the film:. Through analysis of thousands of recorded gunfights, the Cleric has determined that the geometric distribution of antagonists in any gun battle is a statistically-predictable element.
The gun kata treats the gun as a total weapon, each fluid position representing a maximum kill zone, inflicting maximum damage on the maximum number of opponents, while keeping the defender clear of the statistically-traditional trajectories of return fire. Gun kata is based on the premise that, given the positions of the participants in a gun battle, all trajectories of fire are statistically predictable. By memorizing the positions, one can fire at the most likely location of an enemy without aiming at him in the traditional sense. By the same token, the trajectories of incoming fire are also statistically predictable, so by assuming the appropriate stance, one can keep clear of the most likely path of enemy bullets.
The gun kata shown in Equilibrium is a hybrid mix of the film's writer and director Kurt Wimmer 's own style of gun kata invented in his backyard  and the martial arts style of the fight choreographer Jim Vickers, with elements of the Chinese Wing Chun martial art style. Most of the filming used locations in Berlin , due to its unique mixture of fascist and modern architecture. According to the visual effects supervisor Tim McGovern, who worked alongside Kurt Wimmer, the fascist architecture was chosen "to make the individual feel small and insignificant so the government seems more powerful".
In addition, the modern architecture of Berlin emphasizes the futuristic and stolid appearance of the city-state of Libria.
Libria's thick walls are represented by an abandoned fortress-like East German military base, while the exterior of the city, where many of the surviving rebels reside, was filmed in decrepit neighborhoods of East Germany. In addition to the geographic location, a few European art directors also made substantial contributions to the production.
Equilibrium 's locations include: Although making a science fiction movie, Wimmer intentionally avoided using futuristic technology that could become obsolete, and he also decided to set his story in an indeterminate future. Roger Ebert awarded the film 3 stars out of 4, noting that " Equilibrium would be a mindless action picture, except that it has a mind.
Wimmer said in a Dreamwatch magazine interview that "the paying customers seemed to get it," and said the critics "didn't seem to see that the film had a different message than" Fahrenheit or Have you ever met a critic who you wanted to party with? International pre-release sales had already made a profit, so the studio reduced the film's promotion and advertising budget to avoid the risk of the film losing money; as a consequence, theatrical release was limited. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article needs additional citations for verification.
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Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. November Learn how and when to remove this template message. Tom Rolf William Yeh. Dimension Films Blue Tulip Productions. Alexa Summer and Maria Pia Calzone both portrayed the same character in the film, but in the credits appear separately as "Viviana Preston" and "Preston's wife" respectively. British Board of Film Classification.