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Everybody was Gun Fu fighting. It was as fast as lightning
on 30 May 2015
Vastly underrated and virtually forgotten Equilibrium is an entertaining stylish action SF film which questions the purpose of humanity – just to exist or also to feel? In the post-World War III totalitarian city state of Libria its citizens are conditioned to inject themselves with daily doses of ‘Prozium’ in order to supress emotion and encourage obedience. The story focusses on Christian Bale’s John Preston, a high ranking ‘Cleric’ – a gestapo-like arm of the government charged with seeking out and destroying illegal materials (art, literature, music) and executing members of an underground resistance movement, who begins to doubt the blind obedience and conformity expected of him. There are strong echoes of George Orwell’s 1984 and Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 in this tale and although it has been unfavourably compared to the Matrix trilogy (probably due to both having a messianic protagonist, stunning choreographed fight sequences and a struggle for survival against a seemingly omnipotent authority) Equilibrium is altogether a different breed of SF, less distant-fantasy and more near-contemporary-political, reminding me of V for Vendetta and Aeonflux. Christian Bale gives a consummate performance as a man recognising and reflecting on his past sins and choosing redemption through revenge and rebellion. Another fortunate find thanks to fellow Amazon reviewers.