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Equilibrium (2002)

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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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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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art | law | cleric | fascist | future | See more »

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The only thing more powerful than the system, is the man that will overthrow it. See more »


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Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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26 February 2003 (Belgium)  »

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Librium  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$61,468 (South Africa) (12 September 2003)

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$104,843 (South Africa) (19 September 2003)
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Some of the tank-like vehicles seen driving along the streets are, in fact, white-painted airport tugs, the kinds used for pushing very large aircraft such as 747s. See more »

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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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Surprisingly Good!
20 July 2005 | by (Clemson, SC) – See all my reviews

I watched this movie late one night on one of the Encore channels. Stayed up past my bedtime I did. Then I recorded it the next time it was on. Watched it two more times and then, AND THEN, bought the DVD and watched it a couple if not three more times. First, I rarely will watch a movie twice unless enough time has passed that I have forgotten how it ends. There are just too many movies out there and not enough time. But this movie deserved the time. I loved the fight scenes, loved the premise of the movie, loved the acting (and seeing Christian Bale shirtless). Emily Watson is an amazing actress. It's rare these days to see an action/SciFi with actual plot and dialog. How can I care about a movie if I don't care about the characters? Anyway, watch it. I've lent the movie to about 5 guys and they all liked it. One guy is into the Martial Arts and he thought the fight scenes were awesome (my word -- his word/s was/were "the fight scenes were well choreographed").

Moral of the story is: watch it, you won't be disappointed. Oh, and I said "Surprisingly Good" because I had never heard of the movie and was expecting some B movie crap -- what can I say, I couldn't sleep.


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