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Equilibrium [Blu-ray]

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  • Actors: Christian Bale, Emily Watson, Taye Diggs, Angus Macfadyen, Sean Bean
  • Directors: Kurt Wimmer
  • Producers: Jan de Bont, Lucas Foster
  • 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 (249 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001CRRAE4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,762 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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.


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 --This text refers to the DVD edition.

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

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103 of 110 people found the following review helpful By dogsolitude_uk on 14 Oct. 2006
Format: DVD
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joti Plahay on 5 Sept. 2003
Format: DVD
This is a great movie, and the plot is far better thought out than that of the Matrix, which I felt was "special effects over substance".
After his perfectly cast performance in American Psycho, Christian Bale is back and again showing what a fantastic actor he is, as Cleric John Preston - a law-enforcer who upholds the law by eliminating any individual seen to be exhibiting emotion. He is therefore a man who is responsible for eradicating "sense offenders" and even ends up killing his own work colleague (sounds like American Psycho again!).
As the film progresses, Preston begins to question his actions after a thought-provoking interview with Mary O'Brien - a woman he arrested and who is due to be "processed" (executed). Ultimately he decides to rebel, but without wanting to ruin it for those who have yet to see it, there are a few twists thrown in at the end.
The martial arts/gun scenes are fantastic and really get you rooting for the good guy!
Overall this a great film, worthy of a place in your DVD collection.
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56 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Konstantin Graf on 10 Sept. 2009
Format: Blu-ray
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Caleb Williams VINE VOICE on 8 Aug. 2008
Format: DVD
OK, we've seen this type of movie before. The oppressive future governments ruling with violence and without remorse fighting against rebels wanting to be free. Equilibrium does this style of movie so much better. How? I hear you ask. With the help of Christian Bale. My review will be in three different stages. They are the story, the characters (or character) and the review which is just my opinion on the whole thing.

The Story: In the beginning of the 21st century, World War Three ravages the Earth and almost obliterates mankind. The few survivors realise that a fourth world war would mean the end of mankind once and for all. The world is taken over by "The Father" and his Tetragrammaton government. The father believes that the cause for WW3 was human feeling and in order to prevent that it must be eradicated. They have created "prozium" which is a medication that prevents feeling. But they must also locate and destroy every piece of art, music and other such items that would cause a human to feel. John Preston is a high ranking Grammaton Cleric and is on the front line when bringing "sense offenders" to justice. The only problem is that one day when accidentally smashing one of his prozium injections, he starts to feel. Feeling is the only thing that makes us human and Preston seeks to destroy the government that is destroying basic humanity.

The Character: John Preston is played by Christian Bale, and I must say the character is portrayed superbly. John Preston is a man who has no emotion and is dedicated to the cause of the Grammaton. He's so dedicated that he even allowed his wife to be executed for being a "sense offender." Preston also executed his partner and friend for being a "sense offender.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 30 Aug. 2003
Format: DVD
I missed this film completely at the cinema and only heard of it when I read about the release of the DVD in a magazine. Having now seen it on DVD, I can only say I wish I had seen it in the cinema. The reason for this is that I loved it, every single second of it, and particularly the action scenes - which would have looked astounding on the big screen.
I won't go into depth about the plot, as that has already been discussed, but it is basically a compilation of components taken from the best loved paranoid sci fi books and films around, but compiled in such an exciting and fresh way that you cannot fail to enjoy it. Christian Bale is perfectly cast in the main role as the emotionless 'Cleric' who's job it is to mercilessly wipe out the resistance to the government. His performance is extremely dead pan and cool, effectively what Keanu Reeves so wanted to be in the Matrix films, but he also subtley hints at his inner struggles with his true feelings and watching him gradually discover his morality over the course of the film is a sheer joy.
Plot aside, the other attraction to the film is the liberal use of action and in particular, shoot-outs. Forget the Matrix and it's over use of Flow-Mo and Bullet Time, Equilibrium does it so much better, utilising a form of martial arts known as the 'Gun Kata', in which the combatants fight as if their weaponry was a literal extension of themselves. Therefore the fight scenes are incredibly well conceived, and more to the point, done in real-time, with very little computer trickery needed, thus lending a more authentic look to the action.
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