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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 »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Grammaton Cleric wristwatch used in the film is an Android Alien watch with a black face, no maker name on the dial. See more »

Goofs

When the dogs are being executed, the soldier carrying out the executions is holding a Walther WA2000 sniper rifle, but there is a the sound of a pump-action shotgun preceding each shot. The soldier carrying the weapon is not seen "pumping" the weapon. See more »

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[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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Connections

Spin-off Equilibrium: Balanced (2018) See more »

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Beethoven's Symphony No. 9
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Spectacular film - better than the well-known Matrix
20 July 2005 | by hiddenattackerSee 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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