Earth-shaking passion butting up against overwhelming obstacles was the subject of Drake Doremus' 2011 Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner Like Crazy. He returns to that theme in Equals, riffing more explicitly on Romeo and Juliet with a sci-fi romance set in an emotionally sterile future in which love, empathy, loyalty and every other intense human feeling except suspicion has been processed out of existence. For high-concept melodrama that's low on complexity, this very solemn film takes itself way too seriously. But it's not entirely without interest, thanks to sleek visuals and decent chemistry between alluring leads Nicholas Hoult
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