31 May 2004, the wee hours

Howard lent me his copy of the film Equilibrium. The film is set in a post apocalyptic future, where people have decided that since emotion is the cause of war, the best way to avoid war is through the suppression of emotion. People take drugs at daily intervals to suppress their emotions. The film stars Christian Bale, who plays a dude that goes around hunting down people that aren’t suppressing their emotions. Some of the fight scenes are cool, mostly dudes spinning around with guns killing all sorts of people. The plot is alright, though I think the story could have used a little work. If you are stuck for something to rent, I’d recommend you go see the movie, though the film wasn’t as good as I thought it would be.

Here is what they were saying at Rotten Tomatoes. They weren’t so impressed.



  1. I thought it was an okay movie. Nothing great, and the action got repetitive. It seemed like longer, higher budget version of an Outer Limits episode that didn’t star Wil Wheaton. I don’t remember the ending that well, but I do recall a sense of dissatisfaction. It might have been because the fight with black guy best friend wasn’t too great.

  2. Y’know, when I first saw “Equilibrium” on the big screen, I thought, “Wow. Pretty cool fight scenes.”

    But, Dave’s right. The action DID get repetitive. I’m a Christian Bale fan (anyone see “Swing Kids”?), but “Equilibrium” might have been a misfire.

    And the sword fight toward the end? What in the world was Kurt Wimmer (director) thinking?! He should stick to just writing.

    By the way, just got back from seeing “Day After Tomorrow.” Pretty silly script and story, but the effects… Whoa! VERY cool.


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