WRITER/DIRECTOR: KURT WIMMER/BUDGET: $20 MILLION/GROSS (domestic): $1,203,974
Equilibrium is set in the future after world war III. Society has realized that mankind won't be able to survive a world war IV, so the fascist regime as moved to eliminate what makes us human: feelings/emotions, literature, music and art are all being eliminated and society is on a drug called Prozium which eliminates emotions. Christian Bale is cleric John Preston. a top ranking government agent responsible for destroying those who resist the rules. but when he misses a dose himself, he begins to see things differently.
The film has a strong visual style. However, we all know that visuals alone can't carry a film. And i was a little worried that the movie was going to feel corny and melodramatic. A fascist future, a drone-like society, a resistance. If you watch any of these types of movies you know that those three things are almost must-haves for any dystopian future film.
And its obvious why. They allow for grand ideas and themes to be presented and for a positive look at the human spirit and how human nature can survive and win out against our evil and self-destructive nature (that has brought us to the point we are when these films begin). I get it. However, if you are giving us a grand presentation that we have seen many times before, you better do it well. And Equilibrium does.
There is also the beautiful cinematography and visually engaging fight sequences that all work together to create a world and a style that is more then just a pretty facade. And they did it all on a $20 million dollar budget which is incredible.
About half way through the film I started to get a little worried that it was heading down a very typical path and I wasn't sure it had given me enough to go there with it. But i stayed with it and it worked. Sure, it’s a little predictable. But there are a couple nice little twists and turns which keep you on your toes and then there is just the really solid script that brings depth and emotion to characters and a story that could have been stale.