EQUILIBRIUM (Theatrical Release USA 2002)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.0|5.0 Starsìììì

a little like Matrix with its acrobatics—has a straight forward, futuristic plot, but it’s a little slow getting started because the main character, John Preston (Christian Bale) takes a bit too much time to work up the courage to revolt against a corrupt government. Overall? The film has a good concept and an intriguing story line.

Film Poster Courtesy of Wikipedia


John Preston’s (Christian Bell) position requires him to assassinate persons who do not take government regulated drugs that suppress emotion. The new order requires destruction of any kind of artifact, music, artwork, or entertainment that provokes an emotional response. But, Preston, after losing his wife to governmental decree begins re-thinking his artificial world and leads a revolt to overthrow the government and re-create a ‘feeling’ world.

Additional Thanks

Great work for Director writer Kurt Wimmer. Thank you to Executive Producers Andrew Rona and Bob and Harvey Weinstein for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Seamus (Dominic Purcell), Partridge (Sean Bean), and Officer in Charge (Christian Kahrmann).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Maybe. While it’s a fairly solid action/Sci-Fi flick, it takes too much time on the introduction of concept and not enough time on the body of the story. There are better choices out there: Minority Report, Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Resident Evil, or Bourne Identity.

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