Kurt WimmerChristian Bale, Sean Bean, William Fichtner, Emily Watson, Angus MacFadyen, Taye DiggsSynopsis: 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 these rules. When he misses a dose of Prozium, a mind-alterering 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.
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Review: Psst...wanna see a really good action flick with an amazing storyline? You say that doesn't exist? Well check out Equilibrium. Why am I whispering? I'm not sure...but it seems like no one wanted you to see this really stylish, thoughtful action flick and I'm at a loss for the reason why.
The concept is like taking Farenehit 451 and meshing it with The Matrix style action. But I will tell you this, I enjoyed the hell out of this film a lot more than I did Reloaded. It's smart, well-acted, and the action escalates and serves the story (for the most part) instead of having a kick ass opening scene and then repeating the same stunts and scenarios throughout.
In a world where little emotion is shown, in fact all highs and lows are illegal, one would think Keanu Reeves would have been the first choice for such a role but employing a high calibre performer like Christian Bale just elevates the film. Surround him with Taye Diggs, Sean Bean, William Fichtner, Emily Watson and Angus MacFadyen and you may not be dealing in 'big' names but still that's a lot of weighty talent.
From beginning to end I found this an intelligent, exciting film that for some reason was only given exposure to a few theatres and then dumped onto DVD. Like The Boondock Saints before it, I can never understand the logic of dumping films from theatres. Sure, the social climate may not be the most receptive at certain times, but the climate always changes, just wait it out. Equilibrium was a movie deserving of an audience, and I have no doubt it will find it on DVD, it's just sad when the studio (Miramax and Dimension) didn't stand behind the product.
If you like action, sci-fi and all around good story telling...check out Equilibrium. I'm giving the whole package a 5 out of 5 stars and look forward to the next outing by director/writer Kurt Wimmer.
Copyright© Written By: Rob Paul
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Feature Commentary With Director Kurt Wimmer
Feature Commentary With Director Kurt Wimmer and Producer Lucas Foster
The DVD Review:
As I mentioned in my review I am giving this film a 5 out of a 5 star rating system and the DVD while short on featurettes leaves you with 2 commentaries and a brief 'studio' featurette that is about hyping the porject rather than detailing the making of it, but still a harmless time-waster.
Besides, two commentaries is much better than none. Director Kurt Wimmer is someone to keep an eye on and hope that his work continues in the intelligent, action vein without letting this distribution set-back get him down.