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Equilibrium [Blu-ray] (2011)

Christian Bale , Sean Bean  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,629 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Christian Bale, Sean Bean, Taye Diggs, Emily Watson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Echo Bridge Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 10, 2011
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,629 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004SKLD9A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,958 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Delivering awesome high-tech action in the power-packed style of The Matrix and Minority Report, Equilibrium stars Christian Bale (The Fighter) and Taye Diggs (TVs Private Practice) in a thrilling look at a future where the only crime is being human. In an attempt to end wars and maintain peace, mankind has outlawed the things that trigger emotionliterature, music and art. To uphold the law, a special breed of police is assigned to eliminate all transgressors. But when the top enforcer (Bale) misses a dose of an emotion-blocking drug, he begins to realize that things are not as they seem. Also starring Sean Bean (National Treasure) and Emily Watson (Red Dragon).

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375 of 420 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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245 of 277 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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41 of 48 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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51 of 62 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 Four Stars
surprisingly good
Published 6 hours ago by Walter C. Walker
1.0 out of 5 stars terrible
I'm a huge Christian Bale fan, but this movie was horrible. Not worth watching.
Published 1 day ago by Aaron Karkhoff
2.0 out of 5 stars This movie should not be compared to The Matrix.
"Delivering awesome high-tech action in the power-packed style of The Matrix and Minority Report... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Jesse Mueller
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good movie. Matrix like movie
Published 3 days ago by Sterry69
2.0 out of 5 stars Missing a rightious ending.
Was pretty ok up until the un climax end where It fell apart as if they ran out of a production budget.
Published 4 days ago by tvpRich
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor man's dystopia film
Simple minded and predictable with very wooden acting. I wound up watching it as background diversion one night when I was having trouble sleeping in a hotel - probably the only... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Jon Strong
3.0 out of 5 stars Some cool fight scenes
Story has been told many times. Some cool fight scenes. C bale fan
Published 5 days ago by Donyale Ingagiola
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Had to stop not a very good plot !
Published 6 days ago by D. Russell
4.0 out of 5 stars A very moving but flawed picture
I debated between giving this 4 stars or 3. The poor aspects: the dystopian themes are derivative, the fight scenes are too violent, and there are plot holes. Read more
Published 6 days ago by MindyMCB
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent!!
Published 7 days ago by Billy I Adams
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