In a dystopian future, a totalitarian regime maintains peace by subduing the populace with a drug, and displays of emotion are punishable by death. A man in charge of enforcing the law rises to overthrow the system.
Bale saves the day or does he?
I've liked Christian Bale since I saw Equilibrium back in 2002. This was his debut for me and not bad one at all. Not even now 6 years later although it really looked a bit old.
The movie takes place in the future where's no war, crime, murder, anger etc. People are living in Utopia - perfect society. At least it might seem so, because there's neither happiness, love, sorrow... nothing. No emotions at all. The goverment has forbidden all emotions including music, books, art and feeling itself is a crime punishable by death. People are forced to take daily doze of Prozium, a mind-altering drug that hinders emotions. The goverment has a top ranking agent department who calls themselves Cleric's. John Preston (Bale) is an elite Cleric and the best on what he does. Cleric's job is to eliminate all threats to human kind what basically means eliminating everyone who are feeling. But what happens if one the top ranking agents starts to feel? Preston might be the best, but can even him handle the situation?
Equilibrium fits perfectly to the genres it's put in. There's action, some nice scenes and some less nice, and the whole setting's sure sci-fi. Of course the plot isn't unique or new, but it's entertaining if you like sci-fi/action compination. There's effect's and vehicles that sure looks old, but don't let that bother you. All in all Equilibrium's good package and worth watching if you haven't seen it already. If you have seen it it's worth to watch again now and then (every six year in my case), but it isn't a movie which you can watch over and over again.