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4.0 out of 5 stars More Gattaca than the Matrix, 14 Oct. 2006
This review is from: Equilibrium [DVD] [2003] (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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Initial post: 27 Aug 2008 11:10:43 BDT
Pollyanna says:
I agree, brilliant film.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Sep 2008 13:26:58 BDT
Bauer says:
I agree with the 1984 comments thats what struck me the most when I caught a bit the other day

Posted on 27 Jun 2012 20:56:08 BDT
Xtal says:
Great film, but the best bit was when the puppy licked Christian Bale - OK I'm a soft dog lover. The dog was the catalyst and saved everyone. In real life dogs save people every day - so why not in a film. Loved it.
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