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Equilibrium [Blu-ray] [Blu-ray] (2009) Christian Bale; Sean Bean; Sean Pertwee

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  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: ALLIANCE ENTERTAINMENT
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,312 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002HFWAWW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #174,186 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Import Blu-Ray/Region A pressing. Starring, Christian Bale, Emily Watson, Angus MacFadyen, Taye Diggs, Sean Bean and directed by Kurt Wimmer. In a futuristic society where the government requires the people to stay tranquil and submissive by taking a psychological drug, people no longer have emotions. Because of this, there are no more wars. But when one of the enforcement agents realizes that maybe peaceful oblivion is not the answer, he thinks about overthrowing his oppressors.

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344 of 384 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Superb Exercise in Speculative Film Making March 6, 2004
Format:DVD
I can understand the urge to compare "Equilibrium" and "The Matrix". Both films feature dark, foreboding cinematography. Both films are about rebellion against a warped reality. Both films feature a reluctant, messianic protagonist. And, finally, both films rely heavily on stylistic, hyper-kinetic combat scenes that can only be described as, well, reverent. That is where the similarity ends because while "Equilibrium" has a few moments of slow-motion it's action scenes are much more original than those of "The Matrix Trilogy". No Wires, just pure crazy choreography which makes the action feel all the more authentic. The environment is also a great deal more organic in contrast to the cryptic automaton of the Matrix.
"Equilibrium", in short, manages to be entirely its own movie. Where The Matrix relies on "bending" the rules of physics in an imaginary construct of a world, "Equilibrium" goes the other way and hypothesizes the "Gun-Kata", a martial arts ballet that allows it's practitioners to predict and anticipate close quarters gun fighting and hand to hand combat. Then, through a series of precise, dance like movements, a person can take on several combatants, using exacting, fluid actions to eliminate his attackers. Given a decidedly artistic presentation within the course of the film, these rapid-fire rhapsodies are exhilarating and oddly beautiful. They glamorize death as an abstract expression of powder bursts and shrieking projectiles. The film features some of the best choreographed shootouts I have ever seen, and ends up putting anything in The Matrix Trilogy to shame.
"Equilibrium" is a film that explores what it theorizes to be the root of all worldly chaos, human emotion.
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240 of 268 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You Should Not Miss These Sensational Action Scenes April 10, 2003
Sci-fi flick with stunning visuals, "Equilibrium" deserves much more attention not only from fans of genre, but also from general audiences. Sure, its flaws are too visible, borrowing Orwellian ideas from other films like, say, "Brazil," but it is not that ideas themselves but the way they are put into practice that really counts, and on that score "Equiliburium" is a winner. (And critics, please let me know, why do you all praise Steven's "Minority Report" which actually borrows ideas from other films of this genre? So, why not give this one a due respect?)
Well, I admit the opening chapter of "Equilibrium" is a bit weak, introducing us to the dystopia world after the WW3, but soon you will forget that. The totalitarian government established after the war decided to eliminate anything that might possibly make humans emotional, forcing the people to inject a certain doze of [chemical substance] to be unemotional every day. Moreover, it decrees there should be no more music (not only hip-hops, but classic music), no more motion pitures, and no more decorated interiors. Those who love them hide underground, becoming rebels while the authroity set up a super-cop troop called "Grammaton Clerics."
Christian Bale ("American Psyco") is John Preston the best of the Clerics, and dedicates himself to the job until he arrests a woman Mary O'Brien who possessd illegal stuffs. But her strong creed and perhaps beauty make their way into the sleeping heart of Preston, who has been long fighting for his cause.
The film's philosophical messages are in themselves not new at all, and director Kurt Wimmer might have kept his idea a little too long. I say so, because today, in the 21st century, it is not this Orwellian society that we are afraid of most.
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35 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even my Mom loved it!!! June 9, 2003
Format:DVD
For action sake why this movie was so poorly received by critics? Ok, I'm a huge action fan. I love watching a movie with well-developed characters, great plot, interesting conversations but when I rent something in the action category I am expecting to see a film where the main character kicks some serious butt. Equilibrium was great! It not only satisfied my hunger to see beautifully choreographed gun battles but it also delivered likable characters and an intense plot. Christian Bale shines in his role as the cleric John Peterson. His expression is so cold, his stance with a gun in each hand exudes extreme power and fearlessness. In fact, he doesn't feel fear because he has to take Prozium, a drug that eliminates emotion. Accidentally, however, one day John misses the dose of his drug and starts feeling the world around himself like a true human. This is where the trouble starts and cool fight scenes begin.
If you are an action fan, you will love the fights in Equlibrium. I'm also a big Matrix fan and after watching Equlibrium I have to say the gun battle scenes of this movie can almost put Matrix to shame. For the love of action, do not miss this film! This film does indeed shows us something new.
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45 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gun Fu January 16, 2003
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People who call Equilibrium a Matrix rip off really bother me, not only because Equilibrium is a far better movie but because said people are implying that The Matrix was something new and original and different. Riiiiiight.
I won't say that Equilibrium is the most original movie ever; indeed both Equilibrium and The Matrix are amalgams of various films, books, etc. that had come before. And as previous reviewers have stated, Equilibrium relies more on 1984 and Brave New World for inspiration, NOT The Matrix. The two films really have little in common, other than the anti-utopia and martial arts elements.
Personally, I think the future world presented in Equilibrium is a far more powerful and ironic piece of cinema. The thought of robots enslaving humanity is one of those truths that everyone pretty much accepts: "Worlds governed by artificial intelligence learned a hard lesson: logic doesn't care." Hand things over to the robots, and the human element so necessary in government is gone. We know this. Equilibrium, however, portrays the attempt to end man's inhumanity to man by making everyone inhuman and thereby perpetuating an even GREATER inhumanity. It's the thought of saving humanity by destroying it. In Equilibrium The Man not some soulless robot that can't understand feelings; instead He is another human being enslaving and dehumanizing His fellow man, trying to cure the disease by killing the patient.
The story is one of my personal favorite archetypal plots, that of a man who first serves an evil system, then realizes everything he has thought for so long is wrong and turns against said system and fights for its destruction. Christian Bale is incredible, and his character (John Preston of the elite Grammaton Cleric) is brilliantly dynamic.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Slow start, good finish
This is a good scifi movie with dark undertones. Plenty of action and thought provoking moments. If you liked Matrix, you'll probably enjoy this movie too.
Published 3 hours ago by Don Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars "Forget The Matrix, this movie will blow you away!"
The DVD cover says, "Forget The Matrix, this movie will blow you away!" and they aren't kidding. Hardly anyone I know has even heard of this movie, but it's fantastic! Read more
Published 3 hours ago by S. Roberson
2.0 out of 5 stars Orwell's 1984 Meets the Matrix
The plot of this film is so transparent it couldn't be used to produce tissue paper. Lot's of "deep" political commentary interspersed with moments of the Matrix's lobby... Read more
Published 20 hours ago by Cholla Boy
5.0 out of 5 stars favorite
This is one of my top movies of all time. Enough said.

If you're a movie critic (snob) it might disappoint you, but if you enjoy movies and don't write movie reviews... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Kenny_Boy
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
This was a suspense movie with a fairly good plot, to keep you guessing. I would recommend it to adventure movie fans. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Marilyn G. Morrison
1.0 out of 5 stars Wanna Be
Good premise
Same old-same old
Wants to be a video game
I should get my money refunded
No wonder I never knew about it?
Published 1 day ago by John L. Cordes
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than the Matrix
I actually enjoyed this better than the Matrix. More believable and begs the question as to whether society could possibly develop into what is depicted in the movie.
Published 2 days ago by Christoph Forbes
2.0 out of 5 stars Gatica remastered
Gatica remastered but not as good. I'm not sure what some of the positive reviews are referring to but I thought this was a dreaded time killer. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Tim Hitchcock
3.0 out of 5 stars it was a bit confusing
ok predictable plot main character was full of action but comic bookish - thought it could have been more character development instead of killing everything in site
Published 2 days ago by SNOWBIRD 48
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple, effective
Not the mind-bender like the Matrix was. This is just some classic dark-future action. Not even overdone. If I'm being charged to watch this, I pay it gladly.
Published 3 days ago by Dani R.
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Equilibrium Ending Confusion - SPOILER ALERT!***********...
There are two director/producer audio tracks that go with the dvd. On one of them the director explains that Bale came up with the idea of the wounds for the final shots of him in the movie. He felt that the character had to have sustained some kind of injury after fighting so many people. So in... Read more
Sep 23, 2008 by C. Naismith |  See all 2 posts
Will Equilibrium be in Blu Ray
It's come and gone, now the Blu Ray copy is 'discontinued' and as far as I can tell, only available on amazon.uk or ebay for roughly $30 (not bad though).

Sucks because I wanted to find one only to find out it was D/C'd
Jun 3, 2009 by Steven A. Lockwood |  See all 9 posts
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