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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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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 | art | law | cleric | fascist | 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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Writer and director Kurt Wimmer invented the martial arts style of gunfighting for this movie in his backyard. See more »


When the dogs are being executed, the soldier carrying out the executions is holding a Walther WA2000 sniper rifle, but there is a the sound of a pump-action shotgun preceding each shot. The soldier carrying the weapon is not seen "pumping" the weapon. 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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Forget the Matrix, indeed.
11 December 2004 | by (Colorado) – See all my reviews

If you are a fan of such books as Brave New World, 1984, The Giver, or This Perfect Day or movies like the Matrix and Logan's Run--Equilibrium is just the movie for you. In addition to a terrifying plot set in our very own future, the movie has mind-blowing action sequences that are choreographed beautifully (but not obviously) and shot brilliantly and spectacular acting on the part of Christian Bale. I hate predictable movies and this one is anything but...there are so many twists and turns, you'll be on the edge of your seat with suspense the majority of the time. I was hooked within the first minute! Whether you love action or a great plot line, this movie gives the Matrix trilogy (especially Reloaded and Revolutions) a run for its money--to say the least.

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