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Equilibrium (2002)

R  |   |  Action, Drama, Sci-Fi  |  6 December 2002 (USA)
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In a Fascist future where all forms of feeling are illegal, a man in charge of enforcing the law rises to overthrow the system.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dupont (as Angus MacFadyen)
David Barrash ...
Matthew Harbour ...
Emily Siewert ...


In a futuristic world, a strict regime has eliminated war by suppressing emotions: books, art and music are strictly forbidden and feeling is a crime punishable by death. Cleric John Preston (Bale) is a top ranking government agent responsible for destroying those who resist the rules. When he misses a dose of Prozium, a mind-altering drug that hinders emotion, Preston, who has been trained to enforce the strict laws of the new regime, suddenly becomes the only person capable of overthrowing it. Written by Anonymous

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Plot Keywords:

dystopia | law | fascist | art | cleric | See All (297) »


In a future where freedom is outlawed outlaws will become heroes. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

6 December 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Librium  »

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Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$541,512 (USA) (6 December 2002)


$104,843 (South Africa) (19 September 2003)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the final fight scene, there is a painting on the wall of Dupont's office. This painting is 'The Consequences Of War' by Peter Paul Rubens. See more »


The William Butler Yeats book that Errol keeps is larger and much thicker when he is reading it in the Nethers, compared to when we see it in the car. See more »


[first lines]
DuPont: In the first years of the 21st century, a third World War broke out. Those of us who survived knew mankind could never survive a fourth; that our own volatile natures could simply no longer be risked. So we have created a new arm of the law: The Grammaton Cleric, whose sole task it is to seek out and eradicate the true source of man's inhumanity to man - his ability to feel.
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References Taxi Driver (1976) See more »

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it was good
9 December 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I think this movie was a good movie, and I also think that most critics were unjustified in their reasoning for panning it. Almost seems like a conspiracy. Anyway, the story was interesting, it set up some kind of a reality where we have this "gun kata", and stuck with it. The "gun kata" never became a deus ex machina, it just drove the action sequences, while staying clear of the actual plot, which had some interesting twists, certainly more than the matrix. I think Christian Bale's character was a kind of clone of keanu reeves in the Matrix, but he is clearly a better actor, and his range was really challenged. The other characters were much less "wooden" and comic book like than the evil characters in the matrix, which ironically made them more human, almost too human for an action movie, and that is probably why the critics were so hard on it. The matrix (at least the first one) didn't take itself too seriously, but this one did...and I think it lived up to the challenge as much as any action movie set in the distant future with some reality bending. I really enjoyed it, and would have liked to see it in the theatre, none the less a great rent if you liked the first matrix, kill bill, or any other film that blends action with choreography and weaves an interesting tale of reality. My suggestion might have been more extreme antagonists, but then, perhaps this movie will help me accept more human-like villains in action movies. Anyway give it a try!

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