Equilibrium (2002)

 


 

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Genre: Action,Drama,Sci-Fi,Thriller

Equilibrium (2002)
   
Release Date: 26 February 2003 (Belgium)
Country: USA
Director: Kurt Wimmer
Cast:
  • Dominic Purcell
  • Christian Bale
  • Sean Bean
  • Christian Kahrmann
  • John Keogh
  • Sean Pertwee
  • William Fichtner
  • Angus Macfadyen
  • David Barrash
  • Dirk Martens
  • Taye Diggs
  • Matthew Harbour
  • Maria Pia Calzone
  • Emily Siewert
  • Emily Watson


33 Responses to Equilibrium (2002)

  1. dsgooden
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    During the night battle, Preston leaped into the middle of six officers, who patiently waited to be shot and killed. Similar thing during the pistol-whipping scene. Like 20 officers with automatic weapons lined the halls of that big shootout and not one bullet even grazed Preston.

    Not really complaining as I loved the fights but it’s pretty funny.

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    "So fair, yet so cold"

  2. mlg-t888
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    Okay, did NOBODY see the plot holes in this movie? I mean really, how about the framing gun-switch that occured AFTER the incident occured! (and BTW, the guys finger-prints would have been all over the crime scene, so he should have been done away with way before that happened) Or how about the fact that the main character shows ridiculous amounts of emotion in public CONSTANTLY and doesn’t get turned in? Or how about the fact that EVERYBODY showed emotion in this movie! I mean the bad guys show fear, anger and even smugness repeatedly! And yet….

    It’s just ridiculous, the story has holes in it larger than Michael Moore’s backside! And most of these were created just to shove in stupidly obvious symbolism that just made the entire cliche-ridden mess even worse.

    Awful, awful, lazy and just awful. Seriously, how did EVERYBODY seem to miss this!

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    I’ll teach you to laugh at something that’s funny!

  3. benjebobs
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    Or rather, why do they say Equilibrium is 1984 meets The Matrix?

    In my mind, Equilibrium is 1984 meets some great action. Where do the Matrix comparisons come in? I’ve got my own answers to this, but I’d like to hear what you have to say first. Or show me where I’m mistaken.

  4. sevenofgeorge
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    A low-budget sleeper hit (20 million) that is infinitely superior to half of the films that Hollywood pumps out each year for significantly more money. It’s a shame that this flopped at the box office as it is true genius when it comes to sci-fi. This film deserves more credit than its poor box office gross and subpar review by supposed experts, though Ebert gave it 3 out of 4. I’m glad that it has a strong cult following and a very high Imdb user rating – 7.8/10 after almost 81,000 votes. Nice to see others can appreciate true cinematic genius than the crap that Hollywood tries to cram down our throats every year.

    I mean you no harm, Jenny Hayden.

  5. bigbadwolf666
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    Like this one, Gattaca, matrix, etc….

    You’ve fallen in love with all the things in life that destroy men!

  6. omega_pinion
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    Does anyone know which release is the true widescreen release? any info is appreciated.

    IMDB.COM Where your opinion really matters

  7. resumedsr
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    Steven has been asked to gain 180 lbs to prepare for the role.

  8. The_Manchurian_Candidate
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    Agreed?

    That woman deserves her revenge. And we deserve to die.

  9. H_a_V_o_C
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    If you have a drug that can turn them into zombies why not just force them to dose again, thus making them the mindless slaves they were before they became sense offenders? Why the need to punish them by execution?

  10. prestige1
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    Both works pull on similar ideas and have similar themes.

  11. jroh87
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    was annoying as hell. kind of a homo too

  12. bureau203
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    OK, minor spoiler:

    This movie just doesn’t ring true. Bale busts down the door and enters the room where the criminals are. Instead of doing the sensible thing like shooting into the room from the door or something, he has to enter in ULTRA-DRAMATIC fashion! He slides in on the door and he ends up in the middle of the room full of people with guns, and… nobody shoots him? Then the lights go out and he starts shooting all of them (I guess he can see in the dark, I don’t know) and stands in the middle of the room the whole time. You’re telling me that in a room full of 30 people with guns, you can stand there shooting over and over and nobody shoots back, even though you can clearly see him by his muzzle flash? It’s absurd.

    So ten minutes in and I’m already unable to suspend disbelief.

    "I’ve seen things that would make you want to write a book on how to puke."

  13. deftonesmo
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    John Preston is #3 . . .

    Which movie character has caused the most deaths in a movie?

  14. WllmShakespeare
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    I couldn`t believe at the start of this movie they burned the Mona Lisa!!! Why? WHY? Why not something that would do society good, like burn a Lady Ga Ga CD or a Kevin Smith movie?

  15. GoodRed
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    Throughout the whole film, he displays plenty of emotion. I don’t know if it was the actor’s fault or the script, or whether it was intentional or not. Can anyone clear this up?

  16. pavelb123
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    …whether the person is a Cleric, a high-ranking politian, or the "voice" of Father…..one common aspect of any high-ranking person in a society is that they are allowed/feel entitled to….certain vices. In our world, the powerful are usually very currupt/rich.

    In the world of Equilibrium, the higher ups DEMAND that society be robots, zombies with no feelings, while they themselves constantly flirt with having true emotion. This would explain why the highest clerics (partridge) end up falling to emotion, why Tay Diggs (who is up and coming, and most-likely feels entitled to the "perks" of the elite) constantly flirts with emotion with his little smirks (and the fact he lets so many of them slip maybe a testament to him not being used to "having" emotions in the first place), and why even DuPont seems to have some inderlaying simmering anger/holier than thou attitude.

  17. Brock-El
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    This movie is often accused of being anti-religious, due to the undeniably religious aspects of the villains ("It is the will of Father, and he is law. Call it Faith.).

    However, throughout the movie there is repeated hints that their not playing the religion tropes completely straight.

    One, that DuPont (and possibly Brandt) is feeling. Obviously, he doesn’t believe in what he’s preaching, but is using it to control people.

    Two, Father has been dead for years, but the Council is still giving orders in his name. This is obviously critiquing people who declare that what they believe is what God believes (the WBC comes to mind).

    Three, notice what that one guy in the classroom leading to the Underground says "…and it is in the writing of the Father that we find our greatest-" He is obviously meant to be some sort of priest. Yet even he doesn’t believe in it.

    Clearly, the film is not saying that religion itself is bad. It simply tells people to examine what they believe in, and be sure they’re not being willfully mislead.

    That’s my interpretation at least.

    I am Jack’s signature.

  18. jarekp3
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    I wonder if it’s possible to create Prozium or does the prozium-like drug exist ?

  19. z-diddy
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    If you get right down to it, how "strict" are they being when they say feelings are outlawed? I’m literally interpreting it as not being allowed to show any emotions – just walking around robotically.

    Sean Bean’s character is reading Yeats, which is obviously his emotional escapism, but if you were to look at Taye Diggs’s character, he’s constantly showing emotions throughout this entire film: little smirks / smiles, he questions Preston in every other scene (questioning someone would require some kind of doubt, which means that he doesn’t "like" what Preston is doing here and there – not liking something is an emotion).

    Every character in this movie is showing emotions, whether it’s intended or not. I’d like to assume that Taye Diggs’s character is ALSO not taking the medication, which would certainly be an interesting twist.

    But at the end of the day, this movie is harboring a concept that is almost unfilmable. It’s impossible to truly show no emotions, in which case we have a serious plot error here.

  20. phyre_Iyz
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    …to the short story Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut. While this movie definitely has it’s own "flavor" it’s heavily influenced by that story without a doubt.

    Within complexity lies simpleness.

  21. Shalomp
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    Spoiler Alert below! Only read if u have seen the short clip right after the end credits!

    Wow i can’t believe Father didn’t die! I guess someone got to him on time and took that bullet out of his chest.

  22. victor-200
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    While the movie was kind of entertaining, during the film I kept getting the feeling that while it’s not a blatant ripoff of ‘the Matrix’, it was made on the heels of the overwhelming success of ‘the Matrix’ to take advantage of the groundswelling trend – so by that fact it’s pretty unoriginal.

    Am I wrong? Did anyone else feel a sneaking feeling that this movie reminds them of ‘the Matrix’?

    ”I’m fortunate the pylons were not set to a lethal level."

  23. Maximillian2010
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    who would win?

  24. pathxe
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    Good movie but throughout it I kept thinking this is exactly how Republicans would like the world to be. Though they would want more war. But total control of people who are only there to serve the government without question. No fun, no free will. Everyone watching everyone.

  25. nickjo
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    i watched this movie again last night , and once again it had me glued to the tv… i think the story is awesome and the acting from everyone in the movie is amazing especially Bale…..and this may upset some people when i say this but yes i think its better than the matrix …….im sure i will watch it again many times and still love it ……

    Victims………..arent we all.

  26. galluslass
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    why did they have the OTT Matrix style action scenes? I just don’t think it worked with the tone the movie was trying to set. It came across as a serious concept and then they turned it on it’s head. Worst part was Angus Macfadyen going head to head with Bale at the end – he looked so unfit and ill at ease! What kind of audience were they aiming at? The serious/dark side audience would have laughed their socks of at the action scenes while action junkies would have been bored silly waiting for the ‘action’ scenes.

  27. wilyking
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    They can suck my PHD (pretty huge dick)

  28. kv8465
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    I see that he played Seamus in this movie… what character was he in the film?

  29. blueflik03
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    I was curious and started looking into the technical details about this film. I read that the budget was around $20 million and on its premier at the box office it only made $1 million? Overall gross revenue is reportedly at $5 million. How can this be? I thought this was a great movie! One of Bale’s better performances imo compared to his other movies (Terminator Salvation). Can anyone confirm/deny the film’s success/failure?

  30. lopiadx
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    I’m almost positive that this great movie was inspired by the book "Le Travail Du Furet à L’intérieur Du Poulailler" ("The Work of the Ferret Inside the Chicken House") by Jean Pierre Andrevon. It has a dissident government agent that used to control the population (on "Equilibrium" the agents terminate whom ever oposes the dictatorship with the use of art, music, culture) and he kills his best friend. The only difference is that, in the book, the agent tries to kill the big bad ass dude boss (he orders a hit on his girl) but fails. Society’s decaing and the poor are REALLY poor and he get’s his ass kicked when he’s dumped in the streets with no clothes, money or food. Since he was one of their top agents, they offer him his job back (population control by assasination). It’s an EXCELENT book and an EXCELENT movie.

  31. sbrobin
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    Boxofficemojo says 5 million, which doesn’t make sense. The trivia says it made a profit overseas so it wasn’t given a wide domestic release, which I’m not sure if I believe.

    Anyone know the budget and total gross for this movie?

  32. ib011f9545i
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    spoilers spoilers spoilers spoilers spoilers spoilers

    I had never seen this but had heard it was not very good.

    I bought a cheap second hand dvd and sat and watched it.

    Bale should get a medal for trying so hard to act well in such a badly written film.

    The story is stupid,if people could not show emotion how could they be motivated to work and live.

    The only good thing about the film was its look,the costumes were good and the locations stunning.

    I recognised some of the Berlin locations but I guess the locations I did not recognise were in what remains of fascist Rome?

  33. h-a-m
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    I understand that in today’s world the word fascist just means ‘most evil’, but the regime portrayed in the movie is more similar to our regimes based on cameras, fingerprints and wiretapping that constantly tries to eradicate bad feelings through special laws banning ‘hate’ or whatever bogeyman they see fit, while fascism was -as some said- collective wotanism that exalted passions.

    Beside obvious Matrix material (what, rows of special police officers waiting for slick dressed men in black? I thought it was agent Smith with Neo’s Chinese clothes…), there is more:

    1 Slick dressed sheriffs bringing justice outside of walled city states, to a barren, post-apocalyptic landscape? Judge Dredd, anyone?

    2 A selected group of selected sheriffs carrying on the duties of judge, jury & executioner? Judge Dredd, anyone?

    3 The rule of some elusive father figure trying to establish a sissy society where bad vibes are banned? Demolition man, anyone?

    4 The whole action scenes of people doing karate trying to take a weapon from an opponent’s hand? I thought I had seen that in old Steven Seagal or Jeff Speakman movies…

    But I am sure that seventeen-years olds will find it a masterpiece with a rich spiritual philosophy unrivaled since Matrix resurrected 1970s Hong Kong cinematic of idiots trading kung-fu blows fifty meters in the air.

    Who says I am a phony posing online because I am only a second fry cook at a burgher joint?!

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