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Equilibrium [Blu-ray]

Christian Bale , Emily Watson , William Fichtner    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (205 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Christian Bale, Emily Watson, Taye Diggs, Angus Macfadyen, Sean Bean
  • Directors: William Fichtner
  • Producers: Klaus Badelt, Jan de Bont
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Momentum Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Dec 2008
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (205 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001CRRAE4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,910 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



A broad science fiction thriller in a classic vein, Equilibrium takes a respectable stab at a Fahrenheit 451-like cautionary fable. The story finds Earth's post-World War III humankind in a state of severe emotional repression; if no-one feels anything, no-one will be inspired by dark passions to attack their neighbours. Writer-director Kurt Wimmer's monochromatic, Metropolis-influenced cityscape provides an excellent backdrop to the heavy-handed mission of John Preston (Christian Bale), a top cop who busts "sense offenders" and crushes sentimental, sensual, and artistic relics from a bygone era. Predictably, Preston becomes intrigued by his victims and that which they die to cherish; he stops taking his mandatory, mood-flattening drug and is even aroused by a doomed prisoner (Emily Watson). Wimmer's wrongheaded martial arts/duelling guns motif is sheer silliness (a battle over a puppy doesn't help), but Equilibrium should be seen for Bale's moving performance as a man shocked back to human feeling. --Tom Keogh

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Cleric John Preston (Christian Bale) is a top government agent responsible for enforcing the law that bans emotion in the futuristic state of Libria. This is a world at peace, where war is a distant memory, and so is music, art and poetry. Here, emotion is illegal and is punishable by death. But when Preston is forced to kill one of his fellow agents he begins, however, to question the system and decides to fight against these cruel new laws.

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99 of 104 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More Gattaca than the Matrix 14 Oct 2006
I caught this film by accident on Filmfour a while back, and never got round to seeing the end. As the film had grabbed me somewhat, I bought it.

Comparisons with The Matrix are a little unfair - apart from the fight scenes and the long-black coats, the films are completely different. In fact, I believe the film could have benefitted from a more Matrix-comparison-free marketing drive. I overlooked this one so many times in the video store because it looked like it was a cheap stright-to-rental rip-off of the Matrix, but I couldn't have been more wrong.

In terms of mood, pacing and general 'look' the film has a lot of similarities with Gattaca: another film set in a dystopian future where biochemical solutions erase the flaws inherent in the human condition and individuals find themselves pitted against these 'dehumanising' forces.

Again, like Gattaca, the film looks utterly stunning. Every shot is beautifully composed with careful attention to geometric detail.

Elements of Nineteen Eighty Four sit quietly in the background in the form of the patriarchal totalitarian leader of the society, 'Father', and his periodic addresses to the general public on giant wallscreens.

The fight scenes are very Matrixy though. The film has an odd choice of combat: the curious device of a 'Gun Kata' which is a sort of martial art for people with shooters that spring out from their sleeves. It's not overdone to the point of silliness though, and kind of works in an odd way.

I'm not a big fan of action/shooty films, but this one was really artful.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and profound sci-fi movie. 26 Jun 2006
This film has nothing to do with The Matrix and is much better than its rival, as some tend to perceive it. Everything in this movie is great: the performances, story line, battles. Bale is excellent in the role of the man discovering the truth behind what makes us all human and humane - the truth that without our emotions we are nothing but empty and lifeless shells. Everyone should watch this movie.
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56 of 61 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Movie, but dissapointing Blu-Ray 10 Sep 2009
What a Brilliant Movie, and also an excellent preformance by Christian Bale!
But blind me, what a worthless Blu-Ray, the picture quality is the same as my upscaled DVD, in fact my DVD have even a better sound. However I was so looking forward to this release, and now I am just dissapointed I do hope that there will be a new release coming out sooner or later with true DTS and the stunning Blu-Ray picture qualiy that you expect.
Sorry guys, but I do not understand how some of you can praise the picture quality as it's rubbish for a BD!
I can just recommend to keep your old DVD, as it is the same feeling while watching (just with better DTS sound).
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A brave experiment in filmmaking.... 25 July 2003
By A Customer
What I found amazing about Equilibrium was the fact that although the subject matter was not unsimilar to these films (near future setting, elite orginization, with corruption in the ranks etc.) the director had achieved a believeable,dynamic,intruiging alternate reality, with possibly half the budget of other movies from its genre.
Christian Bale was well cast in the lead rolem, with his cold expression, and "chiseled" features relaying the sterile feel of the film. I felt Emily Watson was a little under used,having only brief scenes, it was hard to identify with her character but was still none the less a worth inclusion.
For all the re-hashed ideas,Equilibrium also generated its fair share of new concepts, most noteably the "Gun-Fu" fight scenes proving a refreshing change on the (done to death!) Bullet-Time/Wire Fliers that we now see in every second film we watch,also worth a mention is the interesting spin Equilibrium takes on the classic,all exploding,all shooting good VS. evil finale,without giving it away, it is probably more memorable than the majority of most recent films!
Because this film is yet to be released in Australia,I ordered it knowing almost nothing about it, Now that I have seen it,it will remain a crucial part of my DVD collection, I hope this review will encourage other buyers to live like the "Resistance" and do the same!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Forget the plot - watch the action 5 Jan 2004
Ok - there is a plot but it is a litte thin. No emotion / feelings is a hard thing to get across in a movie with 100's of oppotunities to contradict yourself but's worth a try.
I personally thought that the action sequences were pretty awesome. Kung fu with guns - Yeah! bring it on!
Matrix keeps getting mentioned in the same breath as this film - ie it's a poor mans matrix. Complete tosh. Watch it for what it is - a good all round action film with some good fight scenes and hereo's doing heroic things ( as they tend to do ).
I liked it and I hope you'll like it too.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Matrix? 1984? Or Equilibrium? 14 July 2005
Ok, I've posed the question that anyone who seems to review this film asks. Is this film just a cross between the Matrix and 1984. My personal view is no, it's certainly influence by the film / book but in no more than Harry Potter is influenced by Lord of the Rings, or and Sci-fi film is influenced by Starwars. This film is excellent in its own right and should be judged as such.
The film is set in some indeterminable future time where after the final catastrophe of World War 3 a solution to mans desire to kill each other had to be found. It has been achieved through the dispersion of an emotion inhibiting drug that removes all humans negative emotion, hate, greed jealously. The downside is it removes all positive emotions too.
There is the obvious paradox highlighted in 1984 in that the controllers will rarely succumb to taking the drugs themselves and will operate through others to achieve there means. It's the ultimate example of absolute power corrupting absolutely.
The lead character in the film is John Preston, who is expertly played by Christian Bale. He begins the film by executing his partner, who has begun to wean himself of the drugs and is starting to feel... Preston is a cleric, a highly trained enforcer of the government who has mastered the art of the "Gun Kata", a martial art developed out of analysing thousands of gun fights and working out the probabilities of how opponents will act in a shoot out. They are of course formidable opponents, slaughtering all those that stand in their way, but what will happen when Preston begins to turn?
This film is excellent but watch it with an open mind. 1984 it isn't, the Matrix it isn't so don't thing that's what you'll be watching. Do this and you'll be fine.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
all good
Published 3 days ago by Den
1.0 out of 5 stars they charged in pretty violently, that takes a lot of "feeling" in ...
having watched a little over 5 minutes i find i cannot take it seriously,do they really mean to imply that the "cleric",and the soldiers were actually devoid of... Read more
Published 7 days ago by jj
1.0 out of 5 stars Equilibrium (DVD)
I guess all art, music etc is by its very nature subjective. I caught a trailer of 'Ultraviolet' on another DVD and took a look at the reviews on here and it mostly got slammed. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Keith Herriott
5.0 out of 5 stars review
Great film. Really makes you think. No doubt it will be remade in few years time.
I do recommend this
Published 2 months ago by mitchell butler
5.0 out of 5 stars dvd
very good film really enjoyed it passed it to all my friends good price , my friends liked it too
Published 3 months ago by Christine
5.0 out of 5 stars Grim but very watchable
I bought this on a recommendation and was very impressed. One of those movies where small details count, even they seem irrelevant to begin with. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sarah Raggatt
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 months ago by heather edmondson
5.0 out of 5 stars For me, an instant classic dystopian film
In true dystopian style, this is a Dictatorship and the masses are repressed. This time, it's in their emotions. Nobody can feel - no love, no happiness, no anger. Read more
Published 3 months ago by K. J. Noyes
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant film at bargain proce
Not seen this for years & was as good if not better than I remember, plus it was a bargain
Published 4 months ago by Edgy
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable
A very enjoyable film from start to finish. Very good cast as well. 1984 / Logan's Run / Matrix (sort of) / Fahrenheit 451 but a perfectly decent film in it's own right. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Andrew Buckle
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