Equilibrium

Equilibrium

Equilibrium

Oscar winner Christian Bale leads this 2002 action sci-fi as a star enforcer for a totalitarian government that makes its citizens take a drug which suppresses emotions. Art, books, music, and any displays of affection are strictly banned. However, when the enforcer misses a dose of his drug, the lingering emotion sends him on a path of revolution and redemption.

2002Rating: M, Medium level violence, Low level coarse language107 minsUSA
ActionScience Fiction

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The New York Times

The New York Times

press

If someone left "1984," "Fahrenheit 451," "Brave New World," "Gattaca" and the Sylvester Stallone potboilers "Judge Dredd" and "Demolition Man" out in the sun and threw the runny glop onto a movie screen, it would still be a better picture than Equilibrium, a movie that could be stupider only if it were longer.

Variety

Variety

press

An unsophisticated sci-fi drama that takes itself all too seriously, "Equilibrium" sports a mix of "Matrix"-like chopsocky and cautionary Big Brother-isms ripped directly off the old "Fahrenheit 451," "THX-1138," "Brave New World," et al. block.

TV Guide

TV Guide

press

Flashy, "MATRIX"-style action sequences trump ideas; it's hard not to feel you've just watched a feature-length video game with some really heavy back story.

3.0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

"Equilibrium'' would be a mindless action picture, except that it has a mind. It doesn't do a lot of deep thinking, but unlike many futuristic combos of sf and f/x, it does make a statement: Freedom of opinion is a threat to totalitarian systems.

USA Today

USA Today

press

The martial-arts sequences take this prosaic thriller to a higher level.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

If someone left "1984," "Fahrenheit 451," "Brave New World," "Gattaca" and the Sylvester Stallone potboilers "Judge Dredd" and "Demolition Man" out in the sun and threw the runny glop onto a movie screen, it would still be a better picture than Equilibrium, a movie that could be stupider only if it were longer.

Variety

Variety

press

An unsophisticated sci-fi drama that takes itself all too seriously, "Equilibrium" sports a mix of "Matrix"-like chopsocky and cautionary Big Brother-isms ripped directly off the old "Fahrenheit 451," "THX-1138," "Brave New World," et al. block.

TV Guide

TV Guide

press

Flashy, "MATRIX"-style action sequences trump ideas; it's hard not to feel you've just watched a feature-length video game with some really heavy back story.

3.0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

"Equilibrium'' would be a mindless action picture, except that it has a mind. It doesn't do a lot of deep thinking, but unlike many futuristic combos of sf and f/x, it does make a statement: Freedom of opinion is a threat to totalitarian systems.

USA Today

USA Today

press

The martial-arts sequences take this prosaic thriller to a higher level.

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