In a future dystopia, a totalitarian regime maintains peace by subduing the populace with a drug. Emotional displays are a death-penalty crime, and offenders are rooted out by a police force that includes John Preston -- till he skips his medication.
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Equilibrium is equal parts video game and GQ fashion spread.
Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper  full review
Matrixian, Orwellian, and boneheadian.
Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly  full review
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
Borrows from so many literary and cinematic sources that this future world feels absolutely deja vu.
Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter
It's super- violent, super-serious and super-stupid.
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle  full review
Dour and charmless.
Jan Stuart, Newsday  full review
Giggling at the absurdities and inconsistencies is part of the fun. But the talented cast alone will keep you watching, as will the fight scenes.
Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle  full review
It doesn't do a lot of deep thinking, but unlike many futuristic combos of sf and f/x, it does make a statement: Freedom of opinion is a threat to totalitarian systems.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times  full review
It's a long way from Orwell's dark, intelligent warning cry [1984] to the empty stud knockabout of Equilibrium, and what once was conviction is now affectation.
Ty Burr, Boston Globe  full review
Just because it's a good idea doesn't mean it's easy to do well.
Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post  full review
A movie that could be stupider only if it were longer.
Elvis Mitchell, New York Times  full review
Illiterate, often inert sci-fi action thriller.
Jonathan Foreman, New York Post
Equilibrium the movie, as opposed to the manifesto, is really, really stupid.
Stephen Hunter, Washington Post  full review
A moderately entertaining cautionary tale.
Claudia Puig, USA Today  full review
A science-fiction pastiche so lacking in originality that if you stripped away its inspirations there would be precious little left.
Manohla Dargis, Los Angeles Times  full review
What it lacks in originality it makes up for in intelligence and B-grade stylishness.
Gary Dowell, Dallas Morning News  full review
If there was a solitary new idea or actual emotion in Equilibrium, the Prozium must have rendered me oblivious.
Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press  full review
An unsophisticated sci-fi drama that takes itself all too seriously.
Dennis Harvey, Variety  full review
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  • Release Year: 2002
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Runtime: 107 min
  • Available From: Oct 02, 2012
  • Queued by: 2635 people
Directed By
Kurt Wimmer
Christian Bale, Taye Diggs, Emily Watson, Angus Macfadyen, Sean Bean, Matthew Harbour, William Fichtner, Dominic Purcell, Sean Pertwee, Francesco Cabras