Equilibrium

Equilibrium is a movie that has polarized opinions of Sci-fi fans and reviewers alike. Granted, this film is a rip-off of several other concepts and holds an action sequence that is almost blow-for-blow just like the one in The Matrix, but in as many areas that this film fails, it does hold a few pearls that can make it worth watching.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5

In a futuristic post-apocalyptic world, society has rebuilt itself and has eliminated war by suppressing all emotions with a powerful drug nicknamed Equilibrium. Books, art and music are strictly forbidden and feeling (of any kind) is a crime punishable by death. Of course there is an underground resistance working hard to fight this new r?me and it is striving to open the world's eyes to a tyrannical government that is far worse than the thing it has been established to curtail. Clerick John Preston (played by Christian Bale) is a top ranking government agent responsible for destroying those who resist the rules. When he accidentally misses a dose of Prozium, (the mind-altering drug that hinders emotion) Preston begins to ?feel' for the first time in his life.

There are several parts of this film that are hard to take seriously. The actors ?all' show emotion throughout the film. Smiling, laughing, sly winks, grins, and nods are everywhere, making it hard for us to know who is feeling and who is fully medicated. The action scenes are a total rip-off of The Matrix films and Bale dressed all in black looks amazingly like Keanu Reeves. Even the story is a big rip off of Fahrenheit 451, 1984, and others. With all of this against it I'm sure you're wondering why I liked it. (Actually, so am I...)

However, in defense of this film, I did like the overall idea and the story as a whole. It is a rip-off of other work, but it blends these concepts into an idea that is relatively its own. There are some great twists that caught me off guard. I can usually guess the outcome of a film by the halfway point, but in this case a couple stories took me a whole new direction that I did not expect. The most original part of the film (and the one that got my attention) was the Gun-Kata. The best way to explain it is a martial arts/mathematical process that allows the Clericks to take out multiple opponents with only hand weapons. (Hence The Matrix type action but in a more plausible form) The idea was original, and watching it in action was a whole lot of fun. Actually, I would say this was the best part of the film. I also liked the growth of Bale's character as he begins feeling for the first time, and watching him try to fake his way through daily life as one of the enforcers of this oppressive society. Of course, this would have been more dramatic if the actor's playing next to him could have kept a straight face, but I was able to ignore that to get through it.

This is not a prize-winning film, and there are a ton of flaws and rip-offs that are hard to take, but if you are looking for something different to fill a Sunday morning, this may be a good one to try. You may hate it, you may like it, but I doubt you'll love it.

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