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Cast: Dominic Purcell, Christian Bale, Sean Bean, Christian Kahrmann, John Keogh, Sean Pertwee, William Fichtner, Angus Macfadyen, David Barrash, Dirk Martens, Taye Diggs, Matthew Harbour, Maria Pia Calzone, Emily Siewert, Emily Watson
In a futuristic world, a strict regime has eliminated war by suppressing emotions: books, art and music are strictly forbidden and feeling is a crime punishable by death. Cleric John Preston (Bale) is a top ranking government agent responsible for destroying those who resist the rules. When he misses a dose of Prozium, a mind-altering drug that hinders emotion, Preston, who has been trained to enforce the strict laws of the new regime, suddenly becomes the only person capable of overthrowing it.
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Equilibrium is a strange beats of a film. Definitely not original in the story it tries to tell, even stylistically as a film it easily conjures up other, similar titles that all seem to blend blend high octane action with science fiction postulation.
Some may see this as detrimental but at least Equilibrium draws from the best in science fiction literature and cinema. The tale is at once Orwellian and yet most closely resembles Huxley’s Brave New World. While as a film, it can’t help but follow in the wake of the hugely revered Matrix.
Equilibrium is set in Libria in the near future, post World War Three, and world leaders have conspired against its citizens in order to prevent them from certain extinction should there be a World War Four. In order to ensure their success they have implemented a number of social measures.
The first, and most shocking and exploitative of citizens of Libria, is that they are all lawfully obliged to have regimented drug use that quells all emotion. The drug, Prozium, is the first step to this emotionless place.
The second is to ban all items which can stimulate emotional response such as art, music, literature etc. Even in Brave New World there were levels of society entrusted to study and control such things here, for purely dramatic effect, they’ve simply turned the effects up to eleven.