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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.

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Kurt Wimmer

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Kurt Wimmer
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Cast

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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Storyline

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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In a future where freedom is outlawed outlaws will become heroes. See more »


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Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 December 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Librium See more »

Filming Locations:

Germany See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$541,512, 8 December 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,203,974, 29 December 2002

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,359,645
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In the scene where Sean Bean is confronted in the church on the outskirts of the city, the cover of the book he is reading and which he quotes is a book of poems by William Butler Yeats. However when the camera pans over one of the pages, the title of a poem can be seen briefly, 'The Courage of Shutting Up' by Sylvia Plath. The typeset matches Plath's Collected Poems in the Faber & Faber edition, as does the format of dating of poems in that edition. See more »

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During the flashback to Viviana Preston's arrest, when John twists the soldier's wrist to take his weapon the gun is an AR-15/M-16, but it then appears to instantly change to a Beretta AR-70 as he holds it on another guard - actually, this is not a continuity error; Preston first disarms a guard of his AR-15 type rifle (by breaking his fingers), then uses that rifle to deflect the weapon of another guard, whose AR-70 he grabs and turns on its owner (it's not possible to see which kind of rifle he uses during the lightning-quick deflect maneuver). 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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References Dune (1984) See more »

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Beethoven's Symphony No. 9
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One of my favorite imperfect films.
26 August 2004 | by JasonSee all my reviews

I know it's stupid to believe that a futuristic society is dumb enough to believe that the mere existence paintings, poems and sculptures can somehow lead to WW4.

I know there's a statue as well as stylish architecture in the headquarters of the people who ban artwork.

I know it's stupid to assume that a culture based on taking a drug every morning is not a very secure or feasible idea.

I know it makes no sense for a culture with no emotions to still be able to fall in love, choose a spouse and desire sex to create children.

I know half the people that Preston attacks are just standing there doing nothing while they wait to get their ass kicked.

I know the sets look cheap.

I know it's stupid that the "police" seem to die because their helmet glass breaks, when they'd probably be smart enough to have shatter-proof, if not bullet-proof plexiglass in the first place.

I know there's no reason random citizens would sit in a square to watch a guy on a big screen giving a speech, re-enforcing what the characters already know.

I know it paints a stupid picture of characters with emotion as looking like long-haired Gothic slobs who do nothing but sit in rooms with paintings and LP records and poetry books all day.

I know the emotionless characters express emotions and crack facial expressions when they're probably not supposed to.

I know Gun-Fu doesn't make much sense as to its practicality.

I know this film is an inspired rip-off of "Fahrenheit 451", "1984", "THX-1138", "Brazil", and "Blade Runner".

................But I love it.

Although it's a mish mash of every "man vs. futuristic oppressive society" film ever made, it manages to pull it off as good as some of its inspirations.

The film's story and message is clear.

The action is fresh, original, readable and gets the adrenaline flowing.

The atmosphere is clearly defined.

The production design is inspired.

Christian Bale and Emily Watson are superb.

The ending is satisfying.

8/10

*More power to Wimmer and Bale! I look forward to "Ultraviolet" and "Batman Begins".


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