Equilibrium (2002) Movie Review

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2002 | R | Thriller, Drama, Sci-Fi, Action
107 minutes /

User Score: 60/100

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Equilibrium Review


In a fascist future where all forms of feeling are illegal, a man in charge of enforcing the law rises to overthrow the system.

Equilibrium (2003) is a 1h 47-min American dystopian science-fiction action film that was shot in Rome, Lazio, Italy; Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and several locations in Berlin, Germany. Director and writer Kurt Wimmer (Total Recall (2012), Law Abiding Citizen (2009), Salt (2010)) did a fantastic job making this movie stand out from the rest of videos that it is similar to or is a cliche too. I admire this movie for what it is and for all the beautiful hidden messages it has. There is significant violence, blood, bad language, suspense, tension, adventure, and emotions.

Equilibrium takes place in the year 2072 where a government requires everyone to take daily injections of Prozium II which are a drug used to suppress human emotions and encourages obedience. The government does not allow any emotional stimulating material and whoever does not take their injection are sentenced to death because the government believes that emotions result in violence, war, and chaos. The government is led by someone called "Father" who was only seen on TV screens.

The Grammaton Clerics are part of law enforcement who were trained in the martial art of gun kata. They raid a region call the "Nether" which is outside the city to kill anyone hiding and find/destroy and art, literature, and music they may find. A resistance movement (Underground) is determined to get rid of Father and the Tetragrammaton Council. John Preston ( Christian Bale - The Dark Knight (2008), The Prestige (2006), American Psycho (2000), The Dark Knight Rises (2012)) is a high-ranking Cleric whose wife was executed as a Sense Offender.

Preston accidently broke the vial that contains his daily injection one day and his son Robbie (Matthew Harbour - I’m Not There (2007), Silent Night (2002), Daniel and the Superdogs (2004)) reminds him to report it and get another vial. Preston has a raid scheduled and cannot get the replacement vial leading him to feel emotions which resulted in him remembering things. Preston began skipping the injections, but things soon start going bad when he got a new partner. His new partner Brandt (Taye Diggs - Chicago (2002), Private Practice (2007-2013)) started to suspect something is wrong with Preston after he does not want to kill someone and does not want to destroy contraband.

Preston has a new mission on hand after meeting with Jurgen ( William Fichtner - The Dark Knight (2008), Black Hawk Down (2001), Armageddon (1998), Contact (1997)) who is the leader of the Underground resistance. Preston will do just about anything to kill Father and stop the production of Prozium while destroying the supply. Will Preston succeed in destroying his government’s plans and the leader?

Equilibrium was a fantastic watch and differs from other sci-fi movies that it is a cliche to because it contains messages about life. One of my favorite messages was towards the ending of the film when Robbie destroyed evidence that would have got his father executed for and the secret we learn about Robbie and the injection. Equilibrium also is worth watching for those who wants to see a movie and does not want to think too much while watching the film - mindless watch.

Christian Bale is a great actor who adds a certain flair to his roles and has been in some of my favorite movies. Christian has amazing talents when it comes to acting and can change his emotions instantly and makes them appear realistic. All of the characters gave us outstanding performances, but Christian’s performance was the best. Most viewers will think about this movie for a few days after seeing it because of the what ifs.

About Equilibrium 2002

Title: Equilibrium
Original Title: Librium
Year: 2002
Runtime: 107 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Thriller, Drama, Sci-Fi, Action
Score: 3.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3/5 stars from 10 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 10
MPAA Rating: R
Starring: William Fichtner, Sean Bean, Sean Pertwee, Dominic Purcell, Anatole Taubman, Christian Bale, Emily Watson, Mike Smith, Wolfgang Stegemann, Kurt Wimmer, David Hemmings, Taye Diggs, Danny Lee Clark, Armin Marewski, Christian Kahrmann, Kay Ramczyk, John Keogh, Sy Turner, David Barrash, Dennenesch Zoudé, Dirk Martens, Saddam Hussein, Matthew Harbour, Maria Pia Calzone, Emily Siewert, Florian Fitz, Francesco Cabras, Brian Conley, Alexa Summer, Brian W. Cook
Writers: Kurt Wimmer
Director: Kurt Wimmer