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Summary: In a futuristic world, a strict regime has eliminated war by suppressing emotions: books, art and music are strictly forbidden and feeling is a crime punishable by death. Cleric John Preston (Bale) is a top ranking government agent responsible for destroying those who resist the rules. When he misses a dose of Prozium, a mind-altering drug that hinders emotion, Preston, who has been trained to enforce the strict laws of the new regime, suddenly becomes the only person capable of overthrowing it.
Sure it borrows liberally from Fahrenheit 451 and 1984, but that doesn't make this a bad movie by any means. In this day and age we can always use another warning about totalirarian governments trying to crontrol our hearts and minds through deception. Oh, and the gun-fu invented for this movie is totally badass! :)
Even though pretty much all of the characters are supposed to be without emotion, the actors portraying them are unable to keep a straight face. The action scenes are fairly well done, especially one near the ending, but they are too few and far between to keep the film exciting. The most memorable thing about Equilibrium is the fact that there is a really cute dog in it. The dog actually only plays a small role, and yet still manages to be the most entertaining part of the entire production.
A painfully overrated film; it's basically "Fahrenheit 451" mixed with a tiny bit of "1984"...except with none of the thought or philosophy, but more of a cartoon. On the action front, it left an awful lot to be desired; neither Bale nor Taye Diggs are martial arts guys, and "Gun Kata", while a neat concept, was often poorly executed here. A garden variety Hong Kong yakuza film has comparable gunplay. However, it's well-paced and the action is decent, so it's still an entertaining flick.