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Equals (2016)

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Critic Consensus: 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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Cast

Bel Powley
as Rachel
Toby Huss
as George
David Selby
as Leonard
Teo Yoo
as Peter
Jessica Lois Lois
as Coupler Woman
Eric Bossick
as Health and Safety Officer #1
Poai Suganuma
as Health and Safety Officer #2
Wendell Harrison
as Den Orderly #1
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Critic Reviews for Equals

All Critics (74) | Top Critics (27)

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

July 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.

July 22, 2016 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

The DVD box should warn prospective buyers that its contents could cause drowsiness.

July 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.

July 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.

July 21, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

This is a heartfelt film, often brilliantly directed, but quite thin in terms of vision.

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

Audience Reviews for Equals

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 Churchkey
K Nife Churchkey

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½

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 Walker
Ian Walker

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