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  • Rated R
  • HD and SD formats available

drama, sci-fi & fantasy, thrillers

Equilibrium stars Christian Bale (The Fighter) and Taye Diggs (TV'sPrivate Practice) in a thrilling look at a future where the only crime is being human.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 15
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
0 out of 5
4 out of 5

Violent post-nuclear sci-fi is Orwellian.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this film is violent. The opening scenes show a sense police raid, involving much shooting and death. The closing scenes are of greater violence, big explosions and more death. In between there is intermittent violence and death. Despite this, the film isn't unusually violent for this kind of movie, and the deaths aren't gory. Some younger children might be upset by the sense police's arrest and abduction of Preston's wife in front of her young family.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how Preston, emotion and beauty win over the dour, controlling Librian state, yet rather than straightforward tales of good over evil, the film leads one to question these opposing concepts. Peace is surely good, but in this case evil derives from an all-consuming quest for peace, which itself breeds violence. Familes can also talk about how the importance of love, loyalty and joy abound in this film, but glory is associated with violence and destruction

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: This inventive, low-budget science-fiction movie stands on its own, from its bracing, ingenious fight sequences to its literate roots in dystopian fiction.

- Bill Muller, Arizona Republic, Friday, December 6, 2002

Fresh: A moderately entertaining cautionary tale.

- Claudia Puig, USA Today, Thursday, December 5, 2002

Rotten: An unsophisticated sci-fi drama that takes itself all too seriously.

- Dennis Harvey, Variety, Thursday, December 5, 2002

Audience Reviews

3 stars

A poor man's "The Matrix" mixed in with a fair dose of Orwellian culture, concerning a skilled new-age detective (Christian Bale) and how he battles to quell any feelings or emotions he has in a society that has outlawed human beings from possessing any sort of emotions whatsoever, due to them leading to horrendous acts of violence in the past. While the set-up from the start is a ridiculous, laughable stretch, this movie still gets by for the most part due to Bale's rock-solid performance of a man finally breaking through to the other side of the human spectrum. The action sequences are undeniably outstanding, perhaps even better than those in "The Matrix", and the film's message on the importance of feelings in humanity is handled decently. It's pretty dumb, loud, and somewhat predictable, but it irrefutably entertaining all the way through and Bale's cool presence that he brings alone demands a view.

- fb619846742, Thursday, June 28, 2012

2 stars

Action's cool for like the first 5 minutes. The production value is obviously much more slimmer then its counterpart "The Matrix" and has much less interesting plot with little to no character development. Cinematography is ugly as well.

- fb1463751009, Friday, March 9, 2012

2 stars

Gun Kata at its best, everything else....not so much. Its has its flaws and some may overcome it but in the end, its just a very mediocre sci-fi film.

- paulkoh110, Monday, January 16, 2012