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


Two men. One battle. No compromise. See more »

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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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$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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Daniel Radcliffe auditioned for the part of John Preston's son. See more »


In the pistol whipping scene, Preston knocks the visor up on the helmeted guard to the left of him. 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 Kiss Me Deadly (1955) See more »

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Worth seeing twice in two consecutive days (which I did.)
8 December 2002 | by (Gainesville, Florida) – See all my reviews

I went in to see "Equilibrium" with no knowledge of the movie other than a two line synopsis from a local newspaper and the movie poster in the theater lobby. As usual, I was practicing my theory of "lowered expectations." I expect a movie to be horribly awful ahead of time, so I can not be disappointed. I was not disappointed. At the end of the film I could not sit still in my seat. I felt the urge to go out into the world and proclaim the utter awesomeness of "Equilibrium." Such words as "Sweet," "Crazy," and "Righteous" sprang forth from my lips in rapid succession when I talked about the movie with my friends. Not since the "Fellowship of the Ring" have I desired to sing a movie's praises. And I mean literally SING. "Equilibrium" could, and should, be the sleeper hit of the year. The film's action sequences stir up the blood and pump the adrenaline as if you were riding a roller-coaster. The art style, while minimalistic, and thus maybe confused for low-budget by some, is actually quite successful in portraying a totalitarian and emotionless society. The acting is excellent as well, and quite possibly the best I have seen in an action film in long time. While the nay-sayers will say that the film is too unoriginal, borrowing elements of its story and premise from "Fahrenheit 451" and "Brave New World," these complaints can be disregarded as the movie adds enough of its own style and story to make the comparisons plausible in basic premise only. In the end, like any movie, "Equilibrium" is meant as entertainment. And entertain it does. It does it so very well. It mixes action and with substantial plot and original style to make an excellent whole. Go see it. Go see it twice. Go see "Equilibrium," Cleric.

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