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Equals (2015)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi | 26 May 2016 (USA)
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In an emotionless utopia, two people fall in love when they regain their feelings from a mysterious disease, causing tensions between them and their society.

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Drake Doremus

Writers:

Nathan Parker (screenplay by), Drake Doremus (story by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicholas Hoult ... Silas
Vernetta Lopez ... Woman at Turnstile
Scott Lawrence ... Mark
Kate Lyn Sheil ... Kate
Kristen Stewart ... Nia
Rebecca Hazlewood ... Zoe
Yu Hwan Park Yu Hwan Park ... Seth
Bel Powley ... Rachel
David Selby ... Leonard
Aurora Perrineau ... Iris
Nathan Parker Nathan Parker ... David
Jessica Lois ... Coupler Woman
Seth Adams ... Health and Safety Guard
Dennis Shin Dennis Shin ... Health and Safety Guard
Guy Pearce ... Jonas
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A futuristic love story set in a world where emotions have been eradicated. Written by Nathan Parker

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Find your equal See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic content, sensuality, partial nudity and disturbing images | See all certifications »

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USA | Indonesia

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 May 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Almas gemelas See more »

Filming Locations:

Tokyo, Japan See more »

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Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,206, 17 July 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$32,095, 29 July 2016
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Filming took place in Tokyo, Japan and Singapore. See more »

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In the end credits, the word "newborn" is misspelled as "new born". See more »

Quotes

Silas: [propped up on his arm in bed with Nia] I never could have imagined what love felt like. It's... strange... like a tornado going around and...
Nia: Yeah
[laughs shyly, then turns serious]
Nia: That's why I was scared of it at first.
Silas: [nods several times]
Nia: It's about giving. Like, I want you to take everything. I don't even know what it is but I want you to take it from me.
Silas: I just wanna-
[amusedly]
Silas: I wanna run.
[Nia laughs, Silas smiles]
[...]
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Nocturne No. 4 in F Major, Op. 15, No. 1
Written by Frédéric Chopin (as Fryderyk Chopin)
Performed by Idil Biret
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Nice world-building, now tell us an interesting story
29 October 2016 | by Rick-34See all my reviews

Equals is set in a futuristic world where, inexplicably, people have decided to "do away with emotions." Of course this phrase never has any real meaning, since any kind of inclination to do anything can be counted as an emotion. So really it's a sci-fi setting to explore the practice of the suppression of emotions. A problem which has never existed.

OK, before I trash the movie too much: the acting is fine, the set design and look are very good, and the world-building is excellent. But what is the story here? Two people who aren't supposed to fall in love do so anyway. Call me a cynic but I need more than that.

Compare and contrast Equals with The Lobster, another sci- fi/dystopian movie about suppressing emotions. Rather, The Lobster compares the societal demand that people form couples, regardless of how dysfunctional they are, against an underground movement of people who insist that being single should not be cause for rejection by society (though the rebels go too far the other way, adopting the "no emotional connections" attitude that fits with Equals). Somehow The Lobster manages to fit an interesting and funny story into the world. Equals? It gives us practically nothing.

Perhaps this is just a distillation of the concept of Forbidden Love. I really expected more.


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