Equilibrium (2002) USA
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Director:Kurt Wimmer
Producer:Jan de Bont, Lucas Foster, Harvey Weinstein, Bob Weinstein
Writer:Kurt Wimmer
Date Added:2007-03-06
Purchased On:2007-06-03
Awards:2 nominations
Genre:Sci-Fi Action
Picture Format:Widescreen
Aspect Ratio:2.35:1
Kurt Wimmer  ...  (Director)
Kurt Wimmer  ...  (Writer)
Christian Bale  ...  John Preston
David Barrash  ...  Evidentiary Storage Officer
Sean Bean  ...  Errol Partridge
Francesco Cabras  ...  
Maria Pia Calzone  ...  Preston's Wife
Danny Lee Clark  ...  
Taye Diggs  ...  Brandt
William Fichtner  ...  Jürgen
Florian Fitz  ...  
Matthew Harbour  ...  Robbie Preston
Christian Kahrmann  ...  Officer in Charge
John Keogh  ...  Chemist
Angus Macfadyen  ...  Dupont
Dirk Martens  ...  Gate Guard
Sean Pertwee  ...  Father
Dominic Purcell  ...  Seamus
Emily Siewert  ...  Lisa Preston
Mike Smith  ...  
Emily Watson  ...  Mary O'Brien
Comments: In a future where freedom is outlawed outlaws will become heroes.

Summary: A broad science fiction thriller in a classic vein, Equilibrium takes a respectable stab at a Fahrenheit 451-like cautionary fable. The story finds Earth's post-World War III humankind in a state of severe emotional repression: If no one feels anything, no one will be inspired by dark passions to attack their neighbors. Writer-director Kurt Wimmer's monochromatic, Metropolis-influenced cityscape provides an excellent backdrop to the heavy-handed mission of John Preston (Christian Bale), a top cop who busts "sense offenders" and crushes sentimental, sensual, and artistic relics from a bygone era. Predictably, Preston becomes intrigued by his victims and that which they die to cherish; he stops taking his mandatory, mood-flattening drug and is even aroused by a doomed prisoner (Emily Watson). Wimmer's wrongheaded martial arts/dueling guns motif is sheer silliness (a battle over a puppy doesn't help), but Equilibrium should be seen for Bale's moving performance as a man shocked back to human feeling. --Tom Keogh