Equilibrium

Equilibrium

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Director: Kurt Wimmer

Cast: Christian Bale, Emily Watson, Taye Diggs

     
 

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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… See more details below

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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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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
For action movie fans, it's rare to find a film that has anything on it's mind other than trying to out-explode the biggest and latest brainless romp in the theaters. With director Kurt Wimmer's Equilibrium, audiences were given a little more to chew on, deliberately echoing Orwell's 1984, with touches of Brave New World and Fahrenheit 451 just to be safe. While some scoured at the heavy-handedness of the science fiction material and the lack of originality in the ideas, those who stayed were treated to one of the freshest films in a now-tired genre. By inventing a fighting technique known as "Gun-Kata," the filmmakers created an excuse for filmgoers to buy into some of the most stylish, fun, and kinetic gun battles this side of Hong Kong cinema. Far too easily compared with The Matrix, this low-budgeter relies on virtually no wire-work and instead turns the focus onto the play of light, well-staged choreography, and fierce editing as its main filmmaking allies. It's surprising then that some of the film's best moments are the most quiet ones. Christian Bale's awakening to the senses he's been taught and bred to ignore is note-perfect and the most memorable of the film. With equally strong performances from the rest of the cast and gorgeous art design surrounding them, Equilibrium deserved more of a chance than its studio, Dimension, originally gave it upon release. And while the ideas it embraced admittedly weren't the most original, they are timeless and strong enough to be reexamined and interpreted every so often by artists such as these. Exciting, beautiful, and filled with probably more intelligence than it should have, Equilibrium is the thing that cult classics are made of.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/26/2011
UPC:
0096009752095
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
R
Source:
Miramax Echo Bridge
Time:
1:47:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Christian Bale John Preston
Emily Watson Mary O'Brian
Taye Diggs Brandt
Angus MacFadyen Dupont
Sean Bean Partridge
Matthew Harbour Robbie Preston
William Fichtner Jurgen
Dominic Purcell Seamus
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
David Hemmings Proctor
Christian Kahrmann Officer in Charge
John Keogh Chemist
Mehmet Kurtulus Search Coordinator
Daniel Lee Lead Sweeper
Dirk Martens Gate Guard
Sean Pertwee Father
Klaus Schindler Interrogator
Emily Siewert Lisa Preston
Mike Smith Enforcer Commander
Alexa Summer Viviana Preston
Anatole Taubman Crematory Technician
Kurt Wimmer Rebel Victim

Technical Credits
Kurt Wimmer Director,Screenwriter
Klaus Badelt Score Composer
Sue Baden-Powell Co-producer
Costanza Bastanti Costumes/Costume Designer
Dion Beebe Cinematographer
Juel Bestrop Casting
Annette Borgmann Casting
Inti Carboni Asst. Director
Vito Colazzo Production Manager
Brian W. Cook Asst. Director
Jan de Bont Producer
Tanja Drewitz Makeup
Euro Ean Casting
Lucas Foster Producer
Paul Goldsmith Asst. Director
Harvey Harrison Cinematographer
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
Jeanne McCarthy Casting
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
Luigi Rocchetti Makeup
Tom Rolf Editor
Andrew Rona Executive Producer
Tonja Schürmann Asst. Director
Caroline Spill Makeup
Dieter Stempnierwsky Production Manager
Lucinda Syson Casting
Ninon Tantet Associate Producer
Mark Taylor Asst. Director
Justin Warburton-Brown Art Director
Harvey Weinstein Executive Producer
Bob Weinstein Executive Producer
William Yeh Editor

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Equilibrium
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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