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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Silas
... Woman at Turnstile
... Mark
... Kate
... Nia
... Zoe
Yu Hwan Park ... Seth
... Rachel
... Leonard
... Iris
Nathan Parker ... David
... Coupler Woman
... Health and Safety Guard
Dennis Shin ... Health and Safety Guard
... 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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In the future when human is emotionless, the only crime is... love. See more »

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Drama | Romance | Sci-Fi

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

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$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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Guy Pearce and director Drake Doremus previously collaborated on Breathe In (2013). See more »

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An "interstellar" news report says a space probe is preparing to land on planet TK-14 which is 798 million miles from Earth, but that distance is not interstellar. It is roughly the distance from the Sun to Saturn. See more »

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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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Nice world-building, now tell us an interesting story
29 October 2016 | by See 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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