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This 2002 Kurt Wimmer movie has your typical dystopian post-war society in 2072 run and controlled by the cheesily named Tetramegaddon society that avoids war by getting the people to take some drug to go devoid any and all emotions. Anyone avoiding it gets killed with or without any interrogation. Anything that reminds people of the old times will be destroyed. In charge of this super cool activity, Christian Bale is the top ranked officer "Grammatron Cleric" John Preston who ends up with the highest body count in a movie that I can remember. This force practices this cool ass martial art the purpose of which is to optimize their movements to nail maximum casualties with the least effort. Nevermind all that, it basically means the film has cheap John Woo stunts galore.
As for the rest of the plot, Preston basically stops taking the drug and ends up helping out the underground to destroy Tetramageddon.
The world looks good enough and the characters, though unconvincing at times as emotionless beings don't annoy you too much.
Make no mistake, it is definitely highly derivative of Phillip K Dick, Brave New World, Logan's Run and other classics of the genre but it's a lot more straight-forward or dumbed down aka Hollywoody. You know what? It is alright for what it is. Just don't look for 1984, Brazil or Children of Men from the guy who more recently made Ultraviolet for fuck's sake. For me atleast, it ranks up higher than Matrix, Aeon Flux or The Island - the other dystopian themed mainstream films released around the same time. Equilibrium doesn't have anywhere near the budget that any of those films had and it didn't even get a major release. Any discussions on the web that I've seen have basically these Matrix fanboys calling it a rip-off and the few others who've managed to enjoy the movie, for what it is, defending it.
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