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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.
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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.

Christian Bale is perfect for his role - a Cleric who seeks out those breaking the strict emotion laws - he conveys the coldness wonderfully. And when he stops taking his pills he also convinces as a man feeling for the first time.

Sean Bean has only a small role (does he ever play a good guy who lives to the end?!) but does it well. He kick starts Bale's contemplation of living without feeling.

This is full of amazing scenes that you'll remember, including a fantastic new style of fighting that Bale effortlessly conveys. There's a nail biting scene with a dog and some spookily good acting from Bale's on-screen son, the model student and informant.

Reminiscent of 1984, it's a new generation's classic, or deserves to be. It will make you remember why art, music and poetry are all so vital.
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on 17 April 2017
I really liked this film. Bale plays a wonderful characters and there are enough twists and turns to keep the plot going. To act as feeling nothing is hard to portray, but the actors and the writing portray it well.
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on 23 April 2014
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. Dark brooding atmospheres and great acting make this grim vision of the future very watchable, even if the content is chilling and forbidding.

I would recommend this movie for all lovers of dystopian dramas. It draws the viewer into the nightmare world where even a stray thought or emotion could get you into serious trouble with the law.
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on 25 May 2017
Probably one of Christian Bales best aside from Batman. I wish they had made one more.
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on 29 March 2017
enjoyed all action.........
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on 31 March 2017
brilliant for my collection
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on 19 January 2016
I think this is a brilliant movie I've wanted to get it for a while but couldn't remember the title anyway I think it's brilliant
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on 3 August 2017
Sadly not widescreen
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on 25 May 2017
good
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