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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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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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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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$20,000,000 (estimated)

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$541,512 (USA) (6 December 2002)

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$104,843 (South Africa) (19 September 2003)
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The white sword and ribbon used just before "without incident" sequence was not attached. The intention was that it would be sewn on and that Bale would rip it off at the appropriate moment, but they couldn't get the stitching to work so that it would rip just right. Finally, they decided to leave it unsown, and just have Bale hold it with his hand for the few seconds he was on camera. See more »

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The condition of the picture of Errol and Mary changes from the interrogation room to the scene of Preston at his desk. When Preston shows the picture to Mary it's wrinkled and creased, but one scene later the picture is in a like new condition. 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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Spectacular film - better than the well-known Matrix
20 July 2005 | by (Clovis, CA) – See all my reviews

This movie has a spectacular plot (post-apocalyptic world war III), and thus a fascist regime in which feelings, emotions, and so forth are abhorred. Taye Diggs does a great job as Brandt, who takes over as Preston's assistant. I would have liked to have seen more of Sean Bean, but his presence was known anyhow. Christian Bale does an excellent job playing Grammaton Cleric John Preston. The action scenes in this movie surpass those of the once hailed Matrix (1999). The plot builds throughout the film to a brilliant climax near the end. This movie is one of my favorite action movies of all time with both a good plot, stellar acting, and excellent cinematography. Easily a 10/10 or ****/****


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