Christian Bale, Taye Diggs, Emily Watson, Angus MacFadyen, Sean Pertwee and
Out to buy on DVD October 6th
After a third and terrible World War the survivors decide that
they must purge the cause of conflict from society, human emotion. With the
help of drugs and the systematic destruction of anything that could incite
any type of emotion, such as music, art or books, a new civilization is formed.
Enforcing these laws are the highly trained Clerics. Led by John Preston (Bale),
they methodically wipe out any resistance to the new order but when he mistakenly
misses one of his daily drug intakes, Preston's emotions start to return and
he realises that what he is doing is wrong.
Mixing the look of Fritz Lang's Metropolis, the social structure
of George Orwell's 1984 and the action style of The Matrix, Equilibrium is
has Sci-Fi clichés written right through it but it does them quite well.
The action is superb, showcasing a new futuristic martial art
called "Gun-Kata", a way of using guns and martial arts to dispatch with opponents
extremely quickly and very efficiently. The scenes, which include this form
of fighting, are exceptionally well choreographed, visually stunning and a
good reason to watch the movie on their own. Preston's darkness attack in
the opening sequence is outstanding.
The performances from the prominently British cast are very
good. Christian Bale proves again (after Reign of Fire) that he is as accomplished
an action star, as he is a fine actor. Lone American Taye Diggs also handles
the action very well, coming into his own in the practice scene. There is
also good support from Emily Watson, Sean Bean and Angus MacFadyen, even though
the first two are slightly underused.
There are some problems with Kurt Wimmer's script however. While
his ideas are good, especially Gun-Kata, they are hardly original. You feel
like you are watching an amalgamation of several other Sci-Fi movies.
Equilibrium is good fun and well worth watching for the fight
scenes alone. While this may not be the most original piece of science fiction,
it still has enough creativity to be added to the good section genre.
Audio commentary by director Kurt Wimmer,
Audio commentary by director Kurt Wimmer and producer Lucas Foster, 'Finding
Equilibrium' featurette, TV spots, Jump to a fight scene, Gun Kata, Theatrical
trailer, Interactive menu & Scene access
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