Equilibrium 2002

Equilibrium

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

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In a futuristic world, a regime has eliminated war by suppressing emotions: books, art and music are strictly forbidden and feeling is a crime punishable by death. Clerick John Preston (Christian Bale) is a top-ranking government agent responsible for destroying those who resist these rules. When he misses a dose of Prozium, a mind-altering drug that hinders emotion, Preston, who has been trained to enforce strict laws of the new regime, suddenly becomes the one capable of overthrowing it.

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Critic Reviews for Equilibrium

All Critics (91) | Top Critics (25) | Fresh (37) | Rotten (54)

  • Though ultimately silly, Equilibrium's shopworn but stylish synthesis of ammo and ideas is surprisingly engrossing.

    April 17, 2019 | Full Review…

    Nathan Rabin

    AV Club
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  • Bale is too self-conscious an action hero, and although the script may have the virtue of transparent plagiarism, it teeters both dramatically and conceptually.

    January 26, 2006 | Full Review…

    Wally Hammond

    Time Out
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  • What a dumb, fun, curiously adolescent movie this is.

    February 18, 2003 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Nev Pierce

    BBC.com
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  • Equilibrium is equal parts video game and GQ fashion spread.

    December 9, 2002
  • Matrixian, Orwellian, and boneheadian.

    December 7, 2002 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…
  • This inventive, low-budget science-fiction movie stands on its own, from its bracing, ingenious fight sequences to its literate roots in dystopian fiction.

    December 6, 2002

Audience Reviews for Equilibrium

  • Oct 22, 2016
    Far sillier than it's drab design and overly serious tone suggests. Also, the plot can't follow it's own absurd internal logic.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • May 31, 2016
    This movie stars Christian Bale as John Preston, a high-ranking officer in a futuristic world where feeling emotion is against the law and people take a drug daily to eliminate emotion. Preston, slowly learning of what emotions are capable of after taking down so many offenders, skips a dosage and begins to experience true life. Equilibrium was not well-received at the time of release, but it has gained a cult following in recent years. There really isn't a lot here that would be identified as "original." The best way I can think to describe this movie to people who haven't seen it would be a combination of the novel "1984" and the movie "The Matrix." The themes of humanity and socialism are very present. However, despite bringing nothing new to the table, this movie is very fun to watch. Bale, as usual, shines in his role. The film score is highly enjoyable and fits each scene perfectly, Without spoiling anything major, I'll say that there was a scene in the movie when Bale, after ceasing to take medication, looks out the window at the sunrise over the city skyline. The emotion on his face, combined with the emotional music, created a beautiful moment in this film. The action, while somewhat ridiculous, is exciting to watch. Towards the end of the movie gets a little muddled with plot twists, but it doesn't ruin the film. I'm not going to lie and say that this is one of the best science-fiction movies ever, but there definitely is enjoyment to be had with Equilibrium.
    Ben B Super Reviewer
  • Apr 17, 2015
    So there's a pretty decent chance that Equilibrium doesn't have an original bone in its entire makeup, but I still just love it.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
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