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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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Two men. One battle. No compromise. 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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Kurt Wimmer:  1. Silhouetted figure in the Grammaton Cleric introduction with narration, 2. Rebel who is pushed up against the column in the warehouse raid and executed. See more »

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During the pistol whipping scene, as Preston breaks through the visors of the crash helmets of the guards, a second screen is visible protecting the actors eyes from broken glass. 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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Unexpected pearl
22 March 2005 | by (Sofia, Bulgaria) – See all my reviews

The "Equilibrium" is one of the very little action movies that actually make sense! The script was influenced by many books and it worked! The film is really great, quick action, combined with a brilliantly stated philosophical question, breathtaking scenes with lots of effects, superb actors! It perfectly balances on the verge between just a high-budget nonsense action film (despite it's low budget) and extremely boring science-fiction film. It was quite a nice surprise when I watched it, because the director is not famous! And there was not any Hollywood superstar but all and the acting is amazingly great! Like the actors completely fit in their roles and ruthlessly overwhelm the weak script parts! I still remember the change of the emphasis when the main character changed sides! With this performance it is a serious competitor of "the matrix" or maybe more!

Although one little remark must be made in the beginning, when cleric Preston enters the barricaded room with the rebels, some shooting scenes are the same!

But I guess there is not a good film without a little weakness in it, is it?


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