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Equals is a treat for the eyes, but its futuristic aesthetic isn't enough to make up for its plodding pace and aimlessly derivative story.



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Two young lovers living in a future devoid of emotions discover that a disease has the power to bring them back in this sci-fi romance from director Drake Doremus. Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult star in this Scott Free Films production featuring Guy Pearce and Jacki Weaver.


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  • You admire the look and the performances, and some interesting ideas are presented, but everything feels muted and predictable and lacking in spark.

    Jul 22, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • As stiff and rigid as two equals signs, "Equals" is a bland sci-fi romance that is as dull as its scrubbed-clean visual aesthetic.

    Jul 22, 2016 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
  • The DVD box should warn prospective buyers that its contents could cause drowsiness.

    Jul 21, 2016 | Rating: 0/5 | Full Review…
  • Doremus and screenwriter Nathan Parker ... borrow from "Romeo and Juliet," "1984" and every sci-fi flick ever made about a society that suppresses feelings. The movie's futurism is nothing new.

    Jul 21, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • The final resolution of the plot is actually rather intriguing, but the journey to it is so slow and predictable that most moviegoers will have long since lost interest.

    Jul 21, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • This is a heartfelt film, often brilliantly directed, but quite thin in terms of vision.

    Jul 15, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Equals

  • Jun 26, 2016
    Heavily influenced by Nineteen Eighty Four, Equilibrium and Romeo & Juliet you know what to expect from a dystopian movie which promotes emotions as being a disease that must be cured. However, whilst this may be slow, it is well-acted, gripping and has a memorable soundtrack that keeps you watching until the not so inevitable conclusion.
    Ian W Super Reviewer
  • Jun 26, 2016
    Bella and the Beast reenact the Twilight saga on the set of THX-1138. I have to admit that I really wanted to like this because A24 productions have made some of the best films this year. "Equals" proves to be an outstanding exception to an otherwise impressive roster. It seems that since Nathan Parker and Duncan Jones parted ways as writer and director of 2009's "Moon", they both have gone on, seven years later, to both crap out some worthless dollops in the cinematic bucket. Surprisingly however, this film manages to be worse than "Warcraft" simply by being so similar to "Twilight". Not only does it star Kristen Stewart who looks exquisitely nauseous and depressed constantly, but the film is in an unrelenting, dim-lit blue hue. We can't leave out the fact that it is based on a romance that is not meant to be but somehow works out beyond the disturbing parameters of the film's universe. Also, the majority of the action is people staring at each other and being sad. The deeper themes of missing the trees for the forest or losing humanity due to better living through chemistry are nebulous and simply give these otherwise boring dystopian caricatures something to mumble to each other amidst the Yamaha DX7 vocal swells. Luckily, I didn't pay any money to see this film, but I wish I could get a refund for the time spent.
    K Nife C Super Reviewer
  • Apr 18, 2016
    Brave New World 2: Equilibrium
    _kelly . Super Reviewer
  • Sep 15, 2015
    Man, that Nicholas Hoult really likes himself some Romeo & Juliet stories, doesn't he? If you recall, he made a little subversion of the zombie genre back in 2013 that also borrowed from Shakespeare's doomed story of young lovers. While Warm Bodies at least had the sense to have a sense of humor about itself Equals is not that kind of movie, but instead plays it completely straight allowing it to end up completely boring. From the outset of the film it all feels familiar. One can see where this thing is going from a mile away and I'm not even sure how anyone read Nathan Parker's (Moon) script and thought it was a good idea to make this movie again. Again you ask? Yeah, do you recall a little 2005 Michael Bay film by the name of The Island? Remember how that film was accused of ripping off another movie? Well, I'm sure the makers of the 1979 film, Parts: The Clonus Horror, found inspiration from another source (George Lucas?) and there source before that (George Orwell?). This happens all the time. I'm not saying Equals has done anything wrong as far as copyright infringement goes, but I am saying it feels like they took out the clone aspect of The Island, added in some aspects of The Giver and threw in a third act R & J twist and called it a day. Director Drake Doremus made a nice little examination of young love with his breakout hit in 2011, Like Crazy, but this utopian set version of that story yields nothing fresh or interesting. read the whole review at www.reviewsfromabed.com
    Philip P Super Reviewer

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