"I'm not feeling! He is the one who's feeling!"
Set in the post WW3, all mankind now live in a world without feelings. No love, no cries, no laughter, no nothing.
It seems hard for me to understand WHY people would want to live in a world like this. What would be their purpose in life?
There's a lot of philosophical martial arts elements in "Equilibrium". One, and probably the weirdest, is Gun-Fu; a mix of Kung Fu and pistol combat. Sounds strange and it is. And it doesn't even look that great. All of his "targets" just stand still and do nothing, but hey, John Preston (Christian Bale) has maxed his skills in it.
The production values haven't probably been that big in this movie and it can be seen. But that ain't the most important element in a film, the script is. It's difficult to look at a film where there's no feelings at all. Of course, as longer the story develops, we start to see the "soul" in the main characters, but this one is a strange one when looking at it for a first time.
Now, the second time around, "Equilibrium" worked better. I understood its philosophy and story better and enjoyed it much more. It has "cult" written all over it. It may get fans at some point but I guess you just have to give it more time.