EquilibriumDirector: Kurt Wimmer, Christian Bale, Emily Watson, Taye Diggs
A man who dares to feel finds his life in danger in this cautionary science fiction drama. In the future, after a Third World War has decimated much of the Earth's population, a new nation known as Libria rises up under the unquestioned leadership of Dupont (Angus MacFadyen). Believing human emotions and their expression were to blame for the failings of past societies, The Father has decreed that all citizens must take a daily dose of Prozia II, a drug which levels out the emotional landscape, and that all forms of creative expression are against the law; violating either regulation can be punished by death. John Preston (Christian Bale) is a Grammaton, an elite law enforcement officer who tracks down and punishes "sense offenders." One day, Preston accidentally fails to take his Prozia II, and for the first time begins experiencing emotions himself. Preston becomes aware of an underground of rebels who refuse to take their medication and have embraced art and literature, and he finds himself becoming infatuated with one of their number, Mary O'Brian (Emily Watson). Equilibrium is the second feature-length directorial effort from Kurt Wimmer, whose screenwriting credits include The Thomas Crown Affair and Sphere.
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- Miramax Echo Bridge
Cast & Crew
|Christian Bale||John Preston|
|Emily Watson||Mary O'Brian|
|Matthew Harbour||Robbie Preston|
|David Barrass||Evidentiary Storage Officer|
|Oliver Brandl||Polygraph Technician|
|Francesco Calabras||Rebel Leader|
|Maria Pia Calzone||Preston's Wife|
|Brian Connelly||Reading Room Proprietor|
|Brian W. Cook||Dupont's Secretary|
|Florian Fitz||Gate Guard|
|Christian Kahrmann||Officer in Charge|
|Mehmet Kurtulus||Search Coordinator|
|Daniel Lee||Lead Sweeper|
|Dirk Martens||Gate Guard|
|Emily Siewert||Lisa Preston|
|Mike Smith||Enforcer Commander|
|Alexa Summer||Viviana Preston|
|Anatole Taubman||Crematory Technician|
|Kurt Wimmer||Rebel Victim|
|Klaus Badelt||Score Composer|
|Costanza Bastanti||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Inti Carboni||Asst. Director|
|Vito Colazzo||Production Manager|
|Brian W. Cook||Asst. Director|
|Jan de Bont||Producer|
|Paul Goldsmith||Asst. Director|
|Wolf Kroeger||Production Designer|
|Frank Kruse||Sound Mixer|
|Anne Kuljian||Set Decoration/Design|
|Luca Lachin||Asst. Director|
|Gian Maria Majorana||Camera Operator|
|Daniele Massaccesi||Camera Operator|
|Tim McGovern||Special Effects Supervisor|
|Sebastian Meuschel||Camera Operator|
|Byron Miller||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Nick Milner||Camera Operator|
|Stefano M. Ortolani||Production Designer|
|Pacific Title & Art Studio||Special Effects|
|RIOT Pictures||Special Effects|
|Joseph Porro||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Post Logic Studios||Special Effects|
|Joe Rangel||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Andrew Robinson||Asst. Director|
|Andrew M. Robinson||Asst. Director|
|Andrew Rona||Executive Producer|
|Tonja Schürmann||Asst. Director|
|Dieter Stempnierwsky||Production Manager|
|Ninon Tantet||Associate Producer|
|Mark Taylor||Asst. Director|
|Justin Warburton-Brown||Art Director|
|Harvey Weinstein||Executive Producer|
|Bob Weinstein||Executive Producer|
1. Man's Inhumanity [8:20]
2. City of Libria [6:40]
3. Uncompromising [7:27]
4. Missing a Dose [5:07]
5. Having Feelings [5:53]
6. Identical Lives [5:24]
7. Stash of Tears [8:52]
8. Man's Best Friend [5:49]
9. Sense Offender [8:39]
10. Mission of Destruction [5:42]
11. The Underground [6:58]
12. Power of Touch [7:30]
13. Arrested Traitor [6:08]
14. The Saviour [9:22]
15. Chain Reaction [8:43]
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I rated this with 4 stars which means recommended which is exactly what it is. I won't say it is a superberb movies because then you would see it and think it was a waste of time. What I will say is that it is worth seeing. I would have never been interested in watching it from the cover graphics and backside synopsis but it came recommended from a friend of a friend of a friend. My enjoyment of the film came mainly from a combination of low expectations, both from the fact that my friends said it was ok and the fact that I had never seen any previews before, + the fact it seemed a good combination of two classic books, Farenheit 451 and the Giver with improvments. There are some ridiculous action scenes but unlike the other reviewer, I was able to suspend my disbelief on the basis of the context of the movie. I do say that the end is rather predictable and, having had storytelling and television productio background, I would have done a little more with the ending. But, overall, it is worth seeing and even being a part of one's library. It has no inappropriate sensuality and only 4 profane words.
In keeping with the tradition of futuristic dystopian societies Equillibrium excelles in bringing a fantastic philisophical and action packed tale to the screen. The movie is set in the future after a major world war that put the world into chaos. The solution they come to: eradicate all human emotion with a drug known as Equilibrium. The story borrows ideas from both Bradbury and Orwell in their novels combining both stories into a singular tour de force. The movie will attract the attentions of both action lovers and critical thinkers alike. The eligantly choreographed scenes of actions are reminescent of a sped up Matrix film. Bale gives an excellent performance in his portayal, though the rest can't be said for other cast members. Taye Diggs sorely stands out with his weak performance in the film. Casted more than likely as a pop culture token boy than an actual actor with skill. The direction in the film is done well, but not perfect. The settings and special effects do a good job of accurately reflecting the mood and time of the film. This plot is a timeless classic of intellectual thought dating back to the elder days of Plato and his perfect society. The movie will leave you questioning the future of mankind and the power of government. If you liked this movie I highly recommend you look into the books: Fahrenheit 451, 1984, and Brave New World.
This is one of most fascinating sci/fi films I've watched since Blade Runner. In fact it's now become my most favorite. There hasn't been a really well made sci/fi movie in ages, but this one has a great story line and cool action unlike any other. A must for a serious sci/fi buff.
This was definitely an awesome movie. It captures your attention. The acting was also amazing. The action scenes were also very well done. The movie is really great in all aspects considering its rather low budget. What I enjoyed most about the movie, besides Christian Bale, was the message. If you like movies that make you think, you must watch this.
My friend had been telling me about how awesome this movie was but I wasn't aloud to see it, since it was rated R. Years later I saw it and was blown away! Christian Bale is an exellent actor, you could really see how his emotions and thoughts started to take over him. The plot is amazing too, not to mention the tons of action. Even though it's rated R, there is hardly any language and no profanity. Forget the Matrix, watch Equilibrium.
Who marketed this film? i totally agree with other reviewers: he should be fired on the spot!!! This is a great and stunning film that could have been an instant hit. It is much better and credible than matrix sequels. Mr. Bale is superb, 'as always'. This DVD now joins my exquisite collection!!!! i strongly recommended it :)
I wanted to see this film in the theatres but I blinked and it was gone. After watching this film on DVD I was angry, very angry. It wasn't because I didn't like the movie but because of the people who marketed this film. They should be fired on the spot. This is an amazingly beautiful and moving film. Yes it borrows from other films but it does so lovingly. Take the bad film Charlie's Angels and you'll know what I mean. This is now one of my favorite films and should be in everyone's collection. The DVD itself is an excellent transfer with 5.1 Dolby. I wish it would have come with DTS though. There were no liner notes and no cast and crew biographies. It does come with a cool preview of ''kill Bill'' and I can't wait for that one.
Christian Bale's performance in this movie was spectacular. Great fight scenes, dialogue, plot. "Forget the Matrix" the DVD case couldn't have said it better.
This takes place in a post WWIII society. A society that had taken oppression to an entirely new level. The entire population was required to take Prozium, a drug which suppressed all emotion/feeling. The government didn't allow anyone to feel anything, and had banned anything that could inspire anyone to feel. There were massive TV screens everywhere in public. With the screens the regime's dictator, Father, was constantly speaking to everyone - delivering double speak, propaganda, and endless examples of the damage caused by emotions. Father's face and voice were a constant in the citizens lives. He was always watching - he was perceived as all powerful. The regime had created a new enforcement squad, called the gravatron clerics. The clerics were trained as master fighters. They mastered what was called "The Gun Kata". A series of movements that allowed a cleric to evade gunfire and execute maximum damage on attackers. The clerics emotionlessly executed lethal force, while having bullets missing them by a fraction of an inch. John Preston was the greatest of the Clerics. He'd surpassed all his predecessors. Then an accident destroyed his dose of Prozium. Preston was suddenly off his meds. He was soon seeking the resistance, though unsure if he'd join them or resume his doses. His investigation however lead to a woman, named Mary, arrested by the regime. For the first time in his life Preston was feeling True Lust, and Infatuation. What he was feeling for Mary could only be satisfied by folding himself into her by gorging his senses on her. He had an overwhelming need to save, and hadn't any means of doing so. His only hope was the resistance. They had a plan ready, which Preston would be essential for. If Preston could kill Father, they'd seize the opportunity to destroy the city's supply of Prozium. When Preston confronted Father he received a huge shock. He found that the Real Father was long dead. A set of computers and operators were what controlled the public image of Father, Father was nothing but a CGI. The Regime had created the Ultimate Political Puppet. Preston also learned the highest members of the Regime were not on Prozium. The regime had known Preston was off the dose, more so they'd known he had the potential long before he did. His defection was anticipated, and had been used to capture the leaders of the resistance. They'd thought they'd get the leaders and Preston without incident. Then, to their horror, Preston's emotions flat-lined. He'd achieved through sheer force of will, what Prozium induced. He turned their training against them. He emotionlessly slaughtered all the regime members, and destroyed the computers that controlled the CGI Father - in effect killing Father. He'd failed to save Mary, and the Resistance Leaders were about to be executed. Still he was victorious over the regime. He stood in a window watching as bombs exploded across the city, destroying the Prozium. Across the city the main population was feeling for the first time in their lives. The result was a full scale revolt, the citizens were furiously attacking anyone still on the meds.
The acting is superb, the storyline great, and the martial arts out of this world!
For those who've wanted their action movies packed with not only adrenaline-pumping gun battles and fight scenes, but also interesting plots and character development, Equilibrium is a dream come true. Christian Bale delivers a wonderful performance and the action sequences are seriously among the best ever.
This film is a unique pastiche of Science Fiction. It seems to have taken from some of the finest literature and films that the Sci-Fi genre has produced and blended it all together with a nice twist of action and great camera work. I believe that this film really was in the shadow of grander projects like THE MATRIX, but that's not to say it's not as good. This is a surprisingly meaningful film with heart, and some good performances. Overall this film is a Sci-Fi fan's dream.
After watching this movie I found that the Matrix 2 was dull in comparison. Only one part of Eqilibrium that may appear a little out there for sci-fi. But hey you can't have everything. Action, good story, and some great acting is what you will be getting with this movie. I would recommend it over the Matrix 2 any day. Trust me you will love it. I would veture to say that if any movie critic says this movie stinks, then I say you need your head examined.
For all of you Matrix-haters, heres something to chew on. Picture a movie with Matrix-like action, fight scenes to die for(literally) and a believable storyline. Thats what you'll find when you watch Equilibrium.
This movie as far as story is not as new as I was saying. But it's very good. The idea of the Gun-Kata is spectacular. They truely blended martial arts with guns. There is a lot of creativity with the action set ups. They were totaly fresh and unexpective for me. The acting was superb (Christian Bale once again proves that since American Phsyco). Any sci fi or action fan do yourself a favor and see this movie.
Loved every minute of the movie. Saw it in theatres and have been waiting for it to come out and here it is. Even though it was a sleeper, it's a great movie!
This is excellent and entertaining masterpiece. It is a must see for any one who enjoys future-themed films. The action and the story keep you glued to the screen while the ending leaves you stunned and wanting to see more.
This film is the best movie no one saw in 2002. For reasons unfathomable to film and action fans everywhere, Equilibrium was not marketed and was only played in a few theatres in a limited release. This film has some of the greatest action scenes in history. The acting and plot are done well too! This film is always compared to the The Matrix, although true action fans will realize they should not be. The Matris was all about great special effects, slow-down action, and wire-fu. Equilibrium is all about speed and style. Christian Bale is great, and the direction is wonderful. A few corny lines here and there, and sometimes the low budget does show through, but anyone who gives this film a chance will NOT be disappointed!!!!