#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – 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.
Plot: In a dystopian future, a totalitarian regime maintains peace by subduing the populace with a drug, and displays of emotion are punishable by death. A man in charge of enforcing the law rises to overthrow the system.
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Set in an Orwellian Dystopian future after a nasty world war 3 in the early part of the 21st century. The population are forced to take drugs that suppress their emotions. You see emotions causes conflict and war.
However some people exhibit emotions by not taking the medicine. They want to listen to music, experience their senses by seeing artwork, read books or having pets.
These people are exterminated by clerics, an elite hit squad. Christian Bale is the best of the clerics but once he stops taking his medicine, he feels for the first time and gets into contact with a resistance group to overthrow the leader.
Filmed in Berlin, Equilibrium comes across like an updated version of Fahrenheit 451 but feels too much like a knockoff of The Matrix with a rather a sterile narrative at the beginning which made it rather uninvolving.
Bale’s behaviour is so odd once he stops taking the drugs, he should just had been caught and shot.
Mankind united with infinitely greater purpose in pursuit of war than he ever did in pursuit of peace.
Equilibrium is written and directed by Kurt Wimmer and stars Christian Bale, Taye Diggs, Emily Watson and Angus Macfadyen. Bale plays John Preston, an enforcement Cleric in Libria, a dystopian future where forms of emotional expression are deemed illegal. All citizens of Libria are required to inject drugs (known as Prozium) to suppress emotions. However, Preston misses one of his doses and starts to become emotionally conflicted about the world he now lives in.
Welcome to a dystopian world where art is banned, music destroyed and basic emotions illegal. A world where Christian Bale looks cool in long black coats and “Gun-Kata” martial artistry is the order of the day. It’s impossible to write a review for Equilibrium without mentioning the film it so dearly wants to be, “The Matrix”. That it’s not nearly as good as that film in terms of story and action is no reason to do it down. What is not in doubt is that the story here is indeed weak, very much so – in fact it appears that Wimmer has merely cribbed elements from notable moments of sci-fi morality works before it – and then cloaked it in a whirling big bang montage of attention grabbing set pieces. But honestly, those set pieces are alone worth spending time with this movie for.
It’s standard sci-fi shenanigans for the most part. We have the ruling body of the country, all very fascist and with a badge that looks unsurprisingly Swastika like. A cop character finding a conscience and turning into a rebel on the loose. The underground resistance. And of course the twist ending as the reveal, and plot strands, come together for one final (brilliant) bout of carnage. So yes, it’s rammed full of clichés. But it is exciting energised fun. Stylish fun, in fact. Even if at the core it’s awash with unimaginative writing. Brain checked at the door for this one then, enjoy. 8/10
“Equilibrium” is really hard to type.
I bought Equilibrium just because Christian Bale is in it. To tell you the truth I was certain that it was going to be a goofy, direct-to-video sci-fi fiasco that most involved would just as soon forget. The cover box reminded me of Universal Soldier. As it turns out however, it’s not a movie that those involved want to forget, it’s an overlooked gem, no doubt because it came at the height of the Matrix craze, which it may resemble in too many ways. Unfortunately, too many people will callously write it off as a Matrix rip-off, and it’s a shame because this is one of the best science fiction films to have come along in quite some time.
It takes place in the far off 21st century, but it’s not about the future (given that it exists in a future that can’t ever exist), it’s about the disturbing reality that war is a part of human nature, and in order to eradicate it from the modern world we would have to become a homogenized society of emotionless, drug-controlled zombies. No jokes about that already being a reality.
The movie’s biggest assertion is that it assigns blame for man’s inhumanity to man to his ability to feel (ignoring the real causes, such as religion, political power, and less dogmatic things like national pride and human rights). The current government is based on enforcing the mass removal of emotion from the masses using a drug called Prozium, and is the source of the movie’s main irony, that in order to eradicate war, it has waged war on all of it’s own citizens, who constantly live under close surveillance.
The government employs Grammaton Clerics to handle that surveillance. They are highly trained officers authorized to kill anyone they deem to be “sense offenders” on the spot (“I trust you’ll be more vigilant in the future?”). There is, in fact, a staggering amount of irony in the film, given that all emotion or feeling is strictly forbidden under penalty of death, and yet anger, suspicion and fear are all alive and well, and even flaunted. It’s also interesting to consider that in real life it is the dogmatic, Cleric-like believers who aspire for war, and the normal people who just want to live their lives.
For the most part the movie ignores the fact that it is governments that wage war, not citizens (even emotionally sensitive ones), but no matter. The important thing that you need to know about the movie is that it goes way, way too far, and because of that, it’s fun. I cheered out loud several times during the film because the gun fights, which are so unrealistic it’s almost funny, are genuinely well-choreographed and exciting. If I may say so, this is what gun fights in hard core science fiction movies should look like.
Many people criticize the movie for being unrealistic or too extreme, altogether forgetting what kind of movie they’re watching in the first place. The movie is not about moral dilemmas, even though the main character suffers a tremendous one, it’s a fast, gritty science fiction movie that makes no apologies, and owes none. The characterization may be just a little heavy (Bale’s character going from not understanding a question about what he felt when his wife was incinerated to having a soft spot for puppies, etc.), but like another outstanding and equally over-the-top film, Shoot ‘Em Up, nothing is out of place. All of the excesses look right at home.
It is interesting to consider the real-world implications of the content of the movie though, regardless of how unrealistic it is. The totalitarian regime, for example, resembles Mao Tse- tung’s manner of oppression with startling closeness, even down to the children spying on and reporting their parents. Under Mao, children who reported their parents engaging in “counter’-revolutionary activities” were publicly hailed as national heroes while their parents were generally tortured and executed. Whether the crimes were real or not was unimportant, what mattered is that, as you can imagine, in a society where people were so easily made to desperately fear their own children, you can imagine the level of control the government (Mao) had over the people. Something similar happens in this movie.
The similarities to The Matrix films are obvious, but limited mostly to superficial things like the fight scenes and some costumes. Thematically, the movies are totally different, and even with all of the similarities, this movie is more than able to stand on its own, and any similarities are more just an unfortunate bit of timing, as this is probably what caused the movie to be so overlooked. If you can’t handle a little excess in the movies, definitely stay away from this one. But if you can watch a movie just for a good time, you could do a lot worse than this.
Note: Keep your eye out for Dominic Purcell, Prison Break’s Lincoln Burrows, in the opening scene. He should have had a bigger role in the movie…
It had a good leading actor, it had an interesting sounding futuristic theme, and it had a title I had no idea of the meaning of, so I just tried it. Basically in the future, after World War III, the world has fallen under the control of Father (Sean Pertwee) and the Tetragrammaton, the government that outlaws all art and emotion from humanity, by forcing them to take/inject a developed drug called “Prozium”. They also have a a law of “Sense Offenders”, who eliminate the people who do not obey this rule. Cleric (an elite soldier) John Preston (Christian Bale) is known as the best in his field, and after missing an injection, he begins to feel again, e.g. love for a dog, and sympathy for the people offending the law. With his new (or one again) found beauty of feeling, he is determined to change the world that people live in, and eradicate this law. Also starring Emily Watson as Mary O’Brien, Taye Diggs as Brandt, Angus Macfadyen as Dupont, Sean Bean as Partridge, Matthew Harbour as Robbie Preston, William Fichtner as Jurgen, Dominic Purcell as Seamus and David Hemmings as Proctor. The story is quite an intriguing, Bale and the supporting cast are good, and the fight, chase shoot-up sequences may be similar to The Matrix, but they are good to watch, so it is a pretty good action thriller. Worth watching!
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 47 min (107 min)
Genre Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Director Kurt Wimmer
Writer Kurt Wimmer
Actors Christian Bale, Sean Bean, Emily Watson
Country United States
Awards 2 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix DTS, Dolby Digital, SDDS
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Panavision Cameras and Lenses
Laboratory DeLuxe, Hollywood (CA), USA
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm (Kodak)
Cinematographic Process Super 35
Printed Film Format 35 mm (anamorphic)