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Equilibrium (2002)

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In an oppressive future where all forms of feeling are illegal, a man in charge of enforcing the law rises to overthrow the system and state.


Kurt Wimmer


Kurt Wimmer
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2 nominations. See more awards »


Cast overview, first billed only:
Christian Bale ... John Preston
Dominic Purcell ... Seamus
Sean Bean ... Partridge
Christian Kahrmann ... Officer in Charge
John Keogh ... Chemist
Sean Pertwee ... Father
William Fichtner ... Jurgen
Angus Macfadyen ... Dupont (as Angus MacFadyen)
David Barrash David Barrash ... Evidentiary Storage Officer
Dirk Martens ... Gate Guard
Taye Diggs ... Brandt
Matthew Harbour ... Robbie Preston
Maria Pia Calzone ... Preston's Wife
Emily Siewert Emily Siewert ... Lisa Preston
Emily Watson ... Mary O'Brien
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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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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 »


The William Butler Yeats book that Errol keeps is larger and much thicker when he is reading it in the Nethers, compared to when we see it in the car. 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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Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125: I. Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
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Overwhelming and spectacular Sci-Fi set in a post-WWIII dystopia , in which is forbidden art and literature
4 July 2019 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Top-notch movie with impressive production design , marvelous effects and incredible visual designs . Attractive and over-the-top Sci-Fi with some of the best and stupendous action scenes ever made . This excitingly original film is full of thrills , cutting-edge visuals , stylist innovations , groundbreaking fights , tension , suspense , but also several commercial elements , including computer-simulated violence . This is a dynamic, fast-paced and amusing movie , though downbeat . It's an enjoyable , if somewhat light-headed piece of escapism with state-of-art special effects and straightforward screenplay . Big-budgeted film by the great producers Andrew Rona , Bob Weinstein , Harvey Weinstein , Jan De Bont led to break into the booming Sci-Fi//fantasy market plenty of inventiveness and imagination . Full of action , it's complemented by rousing scenes , breathtaking fights and struggles are spotlights . It is set in an oppressive future where all forms of feeling are ilegal . Dealing with John Preston (Christian Bale) , a man in charge of enforcing the law rises to overthrow the system and state , he is a top Grammaton Cleric with fabulous martial art skills detailed to search out rebels and refuseniks at the strange world of Libria where literatura and art are no-nos . This rebellious people haven't been taking their daily dose of emotion supressing called Prozium . Of course , so when Preston catches colleague Partridge (Sean Bean) with his nose in the poetry of WB Yeats , he knows his partner will face the same fate like John's spouse : elimination by burning for sense offences . But the seeds of doubt are sown . John secretly pockets the book and later on , he becomes into an unrepentant offender . Then , Preston learns from mysterious rebels and one day , a group seeks him out and introduces him to the true nature of the hidden reality and his role in the war against its controllers . John learns about Libria , he is aware all life on Earth may be nothing more than an elaborate masquerade created by a malevolent cyber-intelligence led by Father (Sean Pertwee). Will new partner Brandt (Taye Diggs) intuit his posible defection ? Preston races against time to get his purports . Meanwhile , a traitor betrays the group and the events get worse . The group desperately battle to hold back the marauding enforcers from overtaking them .

It is a dark time for the world in this dystopian flick as the epic war between domineering authorities and dominated slaves reaches a thundering crescendo , being a Matrix wannabe . This is an action-packed , booming yarn with some of the best crossfire scenes ever filmed , plenty of bounds with shots , including awesome visual effects . This thrilling movie contains impressive fights , chills , breathtaking designs , dense philosophy and many other things . From the beginning to the end the comic-book action-packed and extreme violence is continued and it's fast movement ; that's why the picture is pretty amusing ; furthermore contains lots of spectacular combats in mart arts style , being masterfully staged . The plot may have some virtue of transparent plagiarism taking parts here and there of other dystopian stories . Contrived beyond belief with spectacular struggles that play like video games , but slickly calculated to please 2000s audiences .Cast is pretty well , it stars Christian Bale , he is fine but very serious , he is too self-conscious as an action hero . He is well accompanied by a nice support cast , as Emily Watson who as Mary O'Brien as a rebel who feels his own equilibrium waver . Along with other notorious secondaries such as : Sean Bean , Sean Pertwee , John Keogh , William Fichtner , Angus Macfadyen , Anatole Taubman , David Hemmins , Harbour , Dominic Purcell , Kurt Wimmer himself , among others .

It contains moving and pulsing musical score by Klaus Badelt . Magnificent , glamorous production design and ably mixing monumental totalitarism gothic CGI setting along with Berlin locations . Colorful and imaginative cinematography by Dion Beebe . Kurt Wimmer's good debut , and it sports the requisite metallic tecno sheen . Kurt Wimmer is a prestigious writer who has written important films , such as : Sphere , The case of Thomas Crown , Point break , Street Kings , Total Recall , Salt , The wolves , The misfits , Law abiden citizen . And he has directed a few films , such as : One Tough Bastard , Ultaviolet and this Equibrium . Rating : 7/10 . Better than average . Well worth watching .

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Release Date:

6 December 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Librium See more »

Filming Locations:

Germany See more »


Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$541,512, 8 December 2002

Gross USA:


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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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