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Equilibrium [DVD] [2003]
Equilibrium [DVD] [2003]
Dvd ~ Christian Bale
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5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly better than the Matrix, 13 Aug 2003
This review is from: Equilibrium [DVD] [2003] (DVD)
I have nothing but praise for this film. The thought process behind the fight scenes are incredible, however 'needless' it may seem. The puppy was symbolic of something that feels which the people of Libria do not understand and therefore blame the downfall of mankind on human emotion. Basic gist - Mankind learnt the lesson that human emotion caused death and destruction. A drug was created to supress anger, jealousy etc but it also sacrificed the other emotions at the same time. To enforce the will of 'Father', the Grammaton Cleric was created. These highly skilled, trained clerics bring order and restore peace to Libria. John Preston (Christian Bale) is the highest ranking Cleric, entrusted to bring down the Resisitance. In doing so, he is exposed to a 'sense offender' Mary O'Brian (Emily Watson) who shows him what it is to feel. Throughout the film, we see a dramatic struggle for Bale to come to terms with human emotion. Unable to control his feelings at times, he is closely watched by another cleric (Taye Diggs) keen to make a name for himself. Bale plays his part in a double-cross with the Resistance, which admittedly, seems pointless since he just kills everyone anyway. Good guy wins, the world is saved. The rather ironic thing is the last shot you see in the film is everything blowing up and people shooting. You are left to think if the liberation was such a good idea..... Watch the film if you can appreciate good action sequences and try not to take them too seriously. The logic behind how the Grammaton clerics are trained is plausable - they watch western gun fights and use a little maths. Well worth watching as Bale is at his best

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