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


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Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

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

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

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In the pistol whipping sequence, two sets of spikes come out of the magazines. When you see Preston's pistol in slow motion about to hit a guards faceplate, there are no spikes present. Also you can clearly see that it is a stuntman in the reflection of the visor. 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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Cult movie extraordinaire?
10 December 2004 | by (berlin, germany) – See all my reviews

I've seen this movie 5 times (it's the nature of satellite TV) within the past week and it's true...you catch something you've missed or see something new with every successive viewing. This movie is way ahead of its time, and much better than the over-rated Matrix. Bale is always exceptional, and so is his "Metroland" co-star, Emily Watson. Maybe it's the Anglophile or Brit-flick fan in me, but I must say that the added presence of Sean Bean and Angus MacFadyen all but confirms the pre-eminence of UK acting in quality films. Accompanied by very appropriate techno-musik, the action sequences are fast and Euro-flashy, heavily influenced by Jan De Bont--different from the weird, drawn-out, "suspended/string puppet" thing that apparently passes for martial arts these days. (I miss Bruce Lee)

Anyway, if you haven't seen it, give this a shot. If you already have & weren't impressed, take a look at it again. It will grow on you. See if you're inclined to show up to work the next day looking and acting very much a "Cleric" who missed a Prozium dose.


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