Equilibrium (2002)



Critic Consensus: Equilibrium is a reheated mishmash of other sci-fi movies.

Movie Info

In the nation of Libria, there is always peace among men. The rules of the Librian system are simple. If you are happy, you will be arrested. If you cry, the law will hunt you down. If you read a contraband book or so much as look at a smuggled painting, you've committed a crime. To keep the peace, citizens must take their daily doses Prozium, a powerful designer drug that stops feelings dead and keeps everyone on an even keel. Refuse to take the drug and special police will find you. Up until … More

Rating: R (for violence)
Genre: Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Kurt Wimmer
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 13, 2003
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Critic Reviews for Equilibrium

All Critics (96) | Top Critics (25)

Equilibrium is equal parts video game and GQ fashion spread.

Full Review… | December 9, 2002
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Violent post-nuclear sci-fi is Orwellian.

Full Review… | December 24, 2010
Common Sense Media

Channels the themes of George Orwell and the action of John Woo wonderfully.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

Who knew that a reunion of Metroland stars Bale and Watson could yield something so downright nutty?

Full Review… | January 31, 2009

An engaging ride, with some quicksilver moves.

Full Review… | July 30, 2007

It only adds unneeded celluloid to an increasingly tired genre!

Full Review… | January 24, 2005
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Audience Reviews for Equilibrium

A future society that subdues its populace with an emotionally inhibiting drug is enforced by a police force of "clerics" who execute all those accused of "sense crime". Dismissed by most upon its release as just another Matrix clone, there are superficial similarities; stylistically the action choreography and costume design are very similar. There's a lot more going on under the surface however, as it takes cues from the likes of 1984 and Fahrenheit 451 in its depiction of a totalitarian, book burning society and message of individuality and what it means to be human. But by far the biggest difference is in its star; Christian Bale's far superior range makes for a performance that's both emotionally engaging and believable in its depiction of a man suddenly in conflict with everything he had been taught and dealing with emotions he has no experience with. Equilibrium is a very under-rated film in my opinion and is everything a sci-fi movie should be about; style, action, strong concepts and a message about the human condition. More V For Vendetta than The Matrix and definitely worth seeking out if you like sci-fi with a political slant.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

It takes itself to seriously but it's an interesting sci-fi flick nevertheless.

Wildaly M

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