the Third World War takes place in the early part of the 21st century,
it is decided that humanity's worst enemy is emotion. The highs and lows
of human emotion are what causes man to make the mistake of waging wars.
By suppressing emotion through the use of a drug called Prozium, which
is to be administered daily, it is believed that war can be removed from
the consciousness of humanity. To eliminate emotion, it is also necessary
to remove those items that cause human beings to feel: music, art, books
and personal possessions that are dissimilar from everyone else's.
Starring: Christian Bale, Taye Diggs, and
Those that are at the apex
of arresting "sense offenders" are
the Tetragrammaton Clerics, of which Preston (Christian Bale) is one.
The clerics are trained in a martial art known as "Gun Kata",
which allows them to statistically approximate where gunfire will occur.
In essence, it allows them to take out a room full of heavily armed people
by estimating where they're most likely to stand, aim, and shoot their
weapons and, therefore, allowing the student of Gun Kata to avoid their
bullets. The clerics use this technique against the Resistance, a network
of individuals not willing to part with the things that make them feel
Preston, however, accidentally misses a dose of Prozium. As a result,
he finds himself feeling for the first time in his life. This is dangerous,
and he realizes it, but he can't help it. He embraces the emotions. Soon,
he's finding that it's quite difficult to suppress this desire to feel
and is soon siding with the Resistance while attempting to keep his feelings
hidden from his partner, Brandt (Taye Diggs).
Equilibrium is in no way an
original movie. The plot is stolen, more or less, from Orwell's "1984" and Bradbury's "Fahrenheit
451". Still, its unique combination of ideological elements, fairly
effective performances from Bale, Diggs and Emily Watson, and the fact
that it looks so damn good considering it was made for $20,000,000, make
it must-see viewing for any action or science fiction fan. I found it
far more entertaining than The Matrix, a film that Equilibrium is often
compared to merely because the main characters wear a lot of black and
do a lot of martial arts moves. It's less self-important and a lot more
certain scenes, the muzzle flash of the pistols and rifles fired by
the Clerics and guards will reveal the Tetragrammatron insignia. (Source: The
Internet Movie Database)