Remember all those books you read in high school about the dystopian future? Fahrenheit 451? The Handmaid’s Tale? The Giver? 1984? All ‘dem? Now imagine someone took all of those, added pre-Batman Christian Bale, some ridiculous gun fighting and made it into a badass sci fi action flick. Boom. Equilibrium.
Don’t let writer/ director Kurt Wimmer’s tendency toward unnecessary remakes scare you, this totally original (well, save for the books mentioned above) sci fi is an absolutely wonderful self contained story line.
In the not so distant future, the government has suppressed all emotion with the mandate of preventing war via a drug to be taken at required intervals. (The giver, anyone? #Soma). Along with doing so, all sources of emotion are contraband and, if found, burned on site. (451, anyone?). John Preson is a cleric tasked with maintaining the world order. After meeting a woman who has been off her drugs, before her execution, Preston questions his emotionless lifestyle. After slipping up, he seeks out the resistance and considers the uprising.
There was a while when ipod video was still a thing and this was the only flick I had saved on mine, so I watched it far too many times. But with the current “rise up” climate, this one comes straight back to me.
This is a really fun take on the dystopian drama that will ease you into wanting the more heavy stuff. I just blew through V for Vendetta and am on kind of a resistance rebel kick, and this blends in seamlessly.
And side note, the whole gun fighting thing is actually pretty dope.
Great if you liked: 1984, The Giver, Batman Begins (ugh), The Prestige (also ugh, but same Bale, I guess), The Matrix, V for Vendetta, Minority Report, Gattaca
Nice review. Had some issues with the plot. But there is plenty of cool style.
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