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Equilibrium [Blu-ray]
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This film is one of the best films I have watched. I'd like to say it's one of the best action films I have ever watched but I feel I would be selling this film short.
It has an intelligent plot which draws much from 1984. The parallels between "prozium" & the similarly named anti-depressant are hard to ignore.
The action is fantastic based on the film created "Gun Kata". It creates stupendous action sequences which have been influenced by such films as "The Matrix", but I feel Equilibrium takes these to a new level. The scene where the gun shots light up differing moves from the "Gun Kata" is breathtaking.
This film is well supported by an excellent cast including the ever impressive Christian Bale. He conveys emotion superbly with the slightest facial expression which is perfect for the fictional world the film is set in.
Whatever floats your boat whether its action or social commentary - you'll find it all in Equilibrium.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 26 August 2003
In a word this film is fantastic! Many compare it to The Matrix which I think is a bit unfair, o.k. so the main character dresses a bit like Neo and there are other similarities but this movie has a style all of its own. There's no rip-off bullet time photography (which seems to pop up in every other movie nowadays!) and the design of the gun-katas is a fantastic piece of fight choreography genius!. The story takes place after world war 3, the "people in control" have decided that human emotion is what leads us to war, killing, violence, etc. People are now banned from having any kind of feelings and emotional material such as art, literature, film, music etc, are also outlawed. A drug known as prozium has been introduced and people must dose themselves with it daily to supress emotions and feelings. The enforcers of this system are known as Grammaton Clerics, the Grammaton Clerics hunt down an kill immediately any "sense offenders" who rebel against the system and still have feelings, look at art and literature, listen to music, and don't take prozium etc.
The most feared and professional of the Clerics John preston, (Christian Bale) one day accidentally destroys the glass tube containing his prozium dose and after starting to feel again makes no attempt to return to the state of no-feeling. What follows is a fantastic story as John tries to naturally supress his emotions in front of other Clerics so he doesn't get found out and labelled a "sense offender".
The first 30 mins of the film plod slightly with slight bursts of action, but once the scene is set and we know whats going on the action never lets up. The fighting and action scenes are amazing and superbly choreographed. The story is excellent and there are twists and turns to the plot which you really don't expect at all!
This movie was criminally overlooked at the cinema, (everyone thought it was just another Matrix rip-off) but is actually better than Matrix Reloaded (i'm not comparing it, just saying it's better :-). If you like sci-fi, if you like action, if you like a good story with an interesting plot that is well acted then Equilibrium is for you!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Equilibrium to me has allways been thought of as an under rated film, i see the Amazon reviewers have seen the light though! This movie struck so many right chords with my emotions, the acting is fantastic, every word and movement the cast makes sends a shiver down my spine. Its really hard to get into this film because the whole concept and idea that it relays to you is so original and interesting that your mind cant help but wander off to think about it! To come up with something so science fiction yet plausable and mix it with matrix-esque shooting, AND still have it beleiveable, and not branded as a trashy shooter flick is genious! the score is beyond amazing, it really is, Klaus Badelt? i think his name is, well he did a very VERY good job here, atmospheric and stand alone vivid in itself, its dark and very.. german, the sort of thing Beethoven would right, if he were alive today. (as we all know he would be a film composer). These fight scenes, although i hate to generically put them in that terminology, are extremely origonal, without all the slow mo crap that ruins the effect of realism during a film. Im thankful to say that in Equilibrium they have'nt dont what so many film makers do and that is to make the mistake of creating CG humans. CG is used pretty much only for backgrounds and that which is not possible to carry off any other way. The drama, and impact this film will have on you is unimagineable. Im goin to go watch it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 10 August 2003
I was talked into going to see this by a friend, and was not really looking forward to watching it (phrases such as "just like the Matrix" having been used to describe it").
However, after the first few minutes it became clear that this was something that was as unlike the Matrix as All About My Mother is.
Equilibrium deals with some extremely interesting concepts and deals with them very well. The film is well written and directed and the casting spot on. The cinematography is excellent and really helps to set the mood of the film and CGi is kept in the background of the film where it belongs.
This is a great film that looks like it cost way more than its budget and that, because it is a lower budget film (if $20million is low) can deal with a few more intellectual ideas than its bigger brothers.
This is not a Matrix rip-off.
Excellent. Buy It.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 17 December 2003
I decided to get this film having followed the suggestion of several of my friends, and I will have to say that this film was not exactly what I was expecting, but not a dissapointment either.
First it is necessary to avoid quoting the synopsis of the film since the storyline itself is the strongest element. There are several instances throughout that give you cause to stop and think, spiritually or even morally about what it is that makes us human.
On a slightly bad side the film is mired by a semi-obvious low budget (comparitively) which does reflect a lot in the soundtrack, and in spite of their best efforts the fight scenes do seem somewhat over the top and quite hard to take seriously.
Though what has to be understood is that in spite of this, the storyline is strong, and in many ways touching, and surely worth seeing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 7 October 2003
This film is simply superb. I read a lot of reviews before buying this film and there were a lot of comments about it been similar to The Matrix, this is so far off the mark. If anything it reminds me more of Gattica (another thinking mans movie) and this isn't a bad thing either.
Even though this movie does contain some excellant fight sequences it doesn't detract from the fact that the plot is driving the movie, some people would call this slow in places but after watching it fully you'll appreciate its pace.
Its not very often i write reviews, only when a film truely deserves it, this is much underrated!
Certainly as good as The Matrix, and beats the Matrix sequel hands down!
Buy this if you like a film which makes you think, and Christian Bales best performance!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 23 March 2006
You will not see a better sci-fi film than this, bale is superb as a man caught between what is lawful and what is humane. It is a superb contrast into a future society which is dominated by a citizens ability not to feel emotion, the key plot is that rebellion is formed by those who wish to feel. They believe that feelings are what make them human, Bales role as the highest "cleric" in a justice sytem managed by a totalitarian leader is carried off with brilliance.
Bale succumbs to the lure of his emotions when he accidently destroys his dose of the emotion quelling drug, he then becomes succeptible to emotions and goes through a radical change in his persona. When a woman he meets turns out to be a rebel he starts to fancy her, and through her he finds a connection to the underground. Agreeing finally to help the rebels kill the leader of the governing body, he fights to contain his emotions long enough not to be discovered himself. His final catalyst being the loss of his beautiful rebel lady friend, he goes on a rampage of amazing proportions.
The action sequences in this film are amazing and bar none (yes even the matrix) is one of the best sci-fi movies ever. Bales performance is flawless, as is that of Taye Diggs as his evil nemesis/ friendly counterpart. Bale probably would of made a better Neo to be brutally honest, and at least there are no scary sequels. Fantastic 10/10.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 20 September 2005
As many people will see only minutes into this film is elements from George Orwells 1984. Set in a world where wars have almost detroyed society and the goverment rules all. Gramaton Clerics are the enforcers of the law, by tracking down and destroying anything that will instill emotion.
From the Clerics fight secenes elements of the Martix can be seen, as the fight scenes are so visually impressive, it is breathtaking.
Howvere Christain Bale, steals the film, as a cleric who has stopped taking his drug and begun to feel. Throughout the film the new sestaions and emtions he is feeling is there to see for the viewer, from Bale's amazing perforance
All in all if you are a Sci-fi or action fan, this is for you
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 25 September 2010
While both the UK and Canadian blu-ray editions of Equilibrium do not respect the original aspect ratio of the movie (cropped to 1.78:1 from the original 2.35:1), I found out a few days ago that (besides the over expensive Japanese release), there is a Dutch blu-ray edition which respects the OAR.

I went for it, and I must say it looks/sounds great to me, so I would recommend it to all those who are not willing to wait for a UK re-release respectful of the OAR (IF there's ever gonna be one), or for a correct US release, which might as well be region coded.

Video: 2.35:1
Audio: English DTS-HD MA 5.1
Subtitles: Dutch
Extras: none
Region Code: region free!!

UPDATE: as of now, the Italian blu-ray, released in December 2011, seems to be the best way to watch this movie.
Aspect ratio is almost exactly as the original, and picture quality is great. Besides, it's quite cheap: you can find it on the Italian Amazon with the ASIN B005LZW7LE.

Here's the specs:
Video: 2.35:1 1080/24p
Audio: English DTS-HD MA 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit); Italian DTS-HD MA 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
Subtitles: Italian
Extras: audio commentary by Kurt Wimmer and Lucas Foster; "Equilibrium" featurette.
Region Code: B, C (locked)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 3 November 2003
It would be very easy to discard Equilibrium as either a rip off of Matrix or a pastiche of WE, Nineteen Eight Four and a Brave New World. The film does echo many characteristics of Dystopian film and literature, using these images to evoke a dictatorial world governed by an illusive despot.
To discard this film as another Matrix would be a crime. Christian Bale as Cleric, John Preston, produces a career best performance, leaving you wishing the Wachowski brothers had realised Bales potential first. The world created by Kurt Wimmer is wholly believable and leaves you pondering the powers that govern our current day world. The story is in essence that of a man alienated from humanity finding his soul, as the audience witnesses Preston's transformation from cold-hearted killer to potential saviour of mankind. You may feel you head it all before but the haunting music and the beautiful photography with its mixture of greys and black and then white, blues and yellows is mesmerising.
The icing on the cake are the fight scenes, the laughably titled Gun-Kata is played out beautifully and a joy to watch and leave you wanting more or at least wishing for a sequel. This film is destined to be a cult classic, I would advise joining that "cult" now.
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