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Equilibrium

8/10
Sci-Fi . Science Fiction . Thriller . Action . Drama
 

In a facist future where all forms of feeling are illegal, a man in charge of enforcing the law rises to overthrow the system.

 
Actors: Angus Macfadyen , Emily Watson , Taye Diggs , Christian Bale , Sean Bean , Dominic Purcell , Christian Kahrmann , Sean Pertwee , William Fichtner , John Keogh
Directors: Kurt Wimmer
Country: USA
Release: 2002-12-06
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  • Roger Ebert

    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:

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Ron Stringer

    The fun here is not so much in the solid if stolid performances from Bale and co-stars Taye Diggs and Emily Watson (gussied up to resemble the Jefferson Airplane–era Grace Slick) or in Wimmer's overpolished plot devices as it is in the production values.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Nathan Rabin

    A terrific cast, stylish direction, and elegantly choreographed mayhem help make it far better than it might have been -- Though ultimately silly, Equilibrium's shopworn but stylish synthesis of ammo and ideas is surprisingly engrossing.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

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

    USA Today Full Review
  • Gregory Weinkauf

    Equilibrium improves as it rolls along -- either that or, ironically, it wears down the senses until the viewer succumbs.

    Dallas Observer Full Review
  • Michael Wilmington

    Not a picture that makes you think very much -- except to wonder why the studios keep making movies like this.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Jami Bernard

    Mostly plays like a routine thriller with a classy cast.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Jonathan Foreman

    The best thing about Equilibrium is its impressive look. Along with its generally fine cast and some well-choreographed fights, that goes a long way to making the movie watchable -- despite its underlying stupidity.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Sean Axmaker

    A preachy parable stylized with a touch of John Woo bullet ballet.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    Just because it's a good idea doesn't mean it's easy to do well. Screenwriter-turned-director Kurt Wimmer has a hard time keeping his actors from, well, acting a lot of the time.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Ken Fox

    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.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • J.R. Jones

    This operates at the intellectual level of the old "Star Trek" in its limp last season, and the professed humanism is belied by the extreme violence and Nazi-chic production design (not to mention a voice-over that traces the outlawing of emotion to "the revolutionary precept of the hate crime").

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    Equilibrium just happens to be a really bad comic book.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    It's not only an ultraviolent, ludicrously inconsistent rip-off of Bradbury's idea, but it poisons the well for future efforts.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    An accidental entertainment, Equilibrium is a science-fiction pastiche so lacking in originality that if you stripped away its inspirations there would be precious little left.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    Super- violent, super-serious and super-stupid.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Michael Sragow

    Equilibrium doesn't tread softly on our dreams; it tramples them.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • David Grove

    Since Equilibrium shamelessly rips off every Orwellian science fiction thriller in film history, what other reason is there besides sheer desperation for the film to be so stupidly violent?

    Film Threat Full Review
  • Dennis Harvey

    Misses with its blowhard treatment of a silly, obvious script. Results might hazard "Battlefield Earth" comparison if new pic were a tad more fun.

    Variety Full Review
  • Dennis Lim

    As this clueless, bulimic debacle madly regurgitates ideas and iconography from Lang to the brothers Wachowski, Leni Riefenstahl to L. Ron Hubbard, Ray Bradbury to Susan Faludi, it's not just Bale who has a hard time keeping a straight face.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Stephen Hunter

    Equilibrium is like a remake of "1984" by someone who's seen "The Matrix" 25 times while eating Twinkies and doing methamphetamines.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Elvis Mitchell

    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.

    The New York Times Full Review
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