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The UnPopular Opinion: Equilibrium

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THE UNPOPULAR OPINION is an ongoing column featuring different takes on films that either the writer HATED, but that the majority of film fans LOVED, or that the writer LOVED, but that most others LOATHED. We're hoping this column will promote constructive and geek fueled discussion. Enjoy!

**** SOME SPOILERS ENSUE****

Back in the old days, I was going to be a high school English teacher. I spent a couple of years doing student teaching in both public and private schools in the Chicago area. One of those years, I was teaching sophomore American Literature and we came to Ray Bradbury's classic FAHRENHEIT 451. Now, having a very media heavy perspective, I tried to integrate film into my classes as much as possible. But, when it came time to present a film my only option was the 1966 Francois Truffaut version. While I respect Truffaut immensely (SMALL CHANGE is one of my all time favorite movies), I did not think it would click with sixteen year olds. But, there was a similar story buried within an action movie I had watched a couple years before: Kurt Wimmer's EQUILIBRIUM.

Upon it's initial release, EQUILIBRIUM was panned by critics. It was barely seen in less than 500 theaters and then quickly released to DVD, which is where I found it. Working at Blockbuster, I was privy to free rentals each week including before street date. I came across the cover art and thought an action movie with the dude from AMERICAN PSYCHO couldn't be terrible. In fact it was not even close to terrible, it was f*cking awesome.

EQUILIBRIUM takes place in an indeterminate, dystopian future. Focusing on a country known as Libria, the world has fallen under a totalitarian regime that has banned emotional content (art, music, literature, etc). Citizens of Libria are controlled by Father, a face upon a screen instructing the masses to obey. The people are forced to take a drug that supresses their emotions. Anyone who disobeys are called sense offenders and are summarily prosecuted by the law enforcement known as Grammaton Clerics. Our protagonist is Cleric John Preston (Christian Bale).

The clerics are black clad warrior priests who look very reminiscent of characters from THE MATRIX. But, while Neo could dodge bullets inside a computer program, Grammaton Clerics can predict the path of bullets to avoid them as well as shoot without aiming. Clerics are trained in the martial art of Gun Kata. That's right, motherf*ckers! This movie has a martial art designed from scratch that involves gunfire. How badass is that?

I don't want to give away the entire story because you really should just watch the movie, but basically Preston misses a dose of his emotion supressing drug and begins to have an emotional reaction. From there, he must decide if the government regime is in the wrong or if the rebels are the side he should be fighting for. All this occurs while Preston's partner, Brandt (Taye Diggs) and superior officer Vice-Counsel DuPont (Angus Macfadyen), are becoming suspicious of Preston. William Fichtner also appears as the leader of the rebels and Emily Watson plays the woman who triggers Preston's introduction to the wold of emotion.

This movie really has everything you want from a thinking man's science fiction: good actors, a dense mythology, great fight choreography, and questions to ponder long after the credits roll. Made for a sparse $20 million, EQUILIBRIUM rivals many top budget Hollywood movies. In terms of story, it is an obvious rehash of movies like METROPOLIS and 1984 wrapped in an action movie. Much like PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES served as a vehicle to get people to read the Jane Austen classic by incorporating zombies, EQUILIBRIUM is a perfect introduction to classic literature like Aldous Huxley's A BRAVE NEW WORLD. I guarantee that if you show this movie to someone it will give them incentive to check out the works of Orwell, Bradbury, and others.

Yes, the plot does have some holes in it, some big enough to drive a truck through, but I can forgive those script errors in favor of the originality the movie possesses. Visually, RQUILIBRIUM looks like a copy of THE MATRIX. But, in the early 2000s, everything was a copy of THE MATRIX. But, if I had to choose between Bullet Time and Gun Kata, I would take Gun Kata.

Wimmer, who has only directed one film since EQUILIBRIUM, made up Gun Kata in his backyard. While Wimmer is not the inventor of Gun Kata, he is the most recognizable user of it in Western cinema. There is a full article on it over on Wikipedia. It is described like this: Based upon the premise that, given the positions of the participants in a gun battle, the trajectories of fire are statistically predictable. By pure memorization of the positions, one can fire at the most likely location of an enemy without aiming at him in the traditional sense of pointing a gun at a specific target. By the same token, the trajectories of incoming fire are also statistically predictable, so by assuming the appropriate stance, one can keep one's body clear of the most likely path of enemy bullets. That is cool, I don't care what you say.

EQUILIBRIUM is never going to crack a respected critic's list, but Roger Ebert and I have one thing in common: we both really liked this movie. Any time someone asks for a recommendation for a fun action movie, I always recommend this one. It is one of those surprising movies that you cannot believe you didn't know about. It still shocks me how many Christian Bale fans have never seen it. I would stack EQUILIBRIUM up against any science fiction movie you have to offer from the last decade and I would likely rank this movie towards to top of that list. It is the rare action movie that actually has something to say while still shooting the shit out of everything it possibly can.

I toyed with whether this movie deserved an UnPopular Opinion at all, but it seems that most critics hated it and I absolutely disagree. A movie does not necessarily have to be 100% original to be a unique movie. Yes, it borrows heavily from other sources, sometimes a bit too liberally, but EQUILIBRIUM presents the message of freedom of expression in a cleverly packaged way. Those students in my American Lit class still contact me to this day telling me that the movie gave them a better appreciation for FAHRENHEIT 451. I call that a win for EQUILIBRIUM.

Extra Tidbit: Wimmer's response to the critical backlash of EQUILIBRIUM: 'Why would I make a movie for someone I wouldn't want to hang out with? Have you ever met a critic who you wanted to party with? I haven't."
Source: JoBlo.com

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12:58AM on 09/26/2012
Wow, I actually agree with you for once Maidy. WHO KNEW!?
Wow, I actually agree with you for once Maidy. WHO KNEW!?
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9:52AM on 09/26/2012
Will wonders never cease!
Will wonders never cease!
1:19AM on 09/26/2012
Saw this while it was in theaters. The first scene in the dark was fucking hilarious. I was thinking to myself, "this shit is fucking awful. They're not showing anything!". Then later Bale is is doing his dance of death, lol, it was fucking great. Love this movie.
Saw this while it was in theaters. The first scene in the dark was fucking hilarious. I was thinking to myself, "this shit is fucking awful. They're not showing anything!". Then later Bale is is doing his dance of death, lol, it was fucking great. Love this movie.
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1:38AM on 09/26/2012
It has been a while since I've seen this one but I remember enjoying. I'll have to go back and check it out. Great post!
It has been a while since I've seen this one but I remember enjoying. I'll have to go back and check it out. Great post!
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1:59AM on 09/26/2012
A great movie. I loved it. I was surprised to see it here because, from fans, I've heard and read nothing but good things. I never realized this had been so panned by critics. While the action is somewhat sparse in the film, it's done fantastically well and is very entertaining. But everything else is so well done. One of my favorite scenes is where Preston hears music for the first time. Such a beautiful scene and a prime example of why this is such a great movie.
A great movie. I loved it. I was surprised to see it here because, from fans, I've heard and read nothing but good things. I never realized this had been so panned by critics. While the action is somewhat sparse in the film, it's done fantastically well and is very entertaining. But everything else is so well done. One of my favorite scenes is where Preston hears music for the first time. Such a beautiful scene and a prime example of why this is such a great movie.
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2:13AM on 09/26/2012

Absolutely ...

... LOVED it! I was shocked at how much I loved this movie, in fact. But I agree with everything in this article. On [link] Film Brain panned this movie in one of his "Bad Movie Beatdown" reviews, and got a slew of rebukes from pissed-off fans, and I don't blame them. The storyline, choreography, and concepts were presented in very unique ways. Yes, there were a few plot holes, but if one views the movie as a whole instead of the parts, those holes become mere nitpicks. It's a shame
... LOVED it! I was shocked at how much I loved this movie, in fact. But I agree with everything in this article. On [link] Film Brain panned this movie in one of his "Bad Movie Beatdown" reviews, and got a slew of rebukes from pissed-off fans, and I don't blame them. The storyline, choreography, and concepts were presented in very unique ways. Yes, there were a few plot holes, but if one views the movie as a whole instead of the parts, those holes become mere nitpicks. It's a shame Equilibrium didn't get the notoriety it deserved, yet I still recommend it to everyone. ^__^
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2:16AM on 09/26/2012
Always been a fan. Gets a little sillier as I get older, but it's always been up there as an underrated gem that suffered mostly from lack of budget and a few script contrivances. Bale's awesome, the action flashy and the story is classic dystopia.
Always been a fan. Gets a little sillier as I get older, but it's always been up there as an underrated gem that suffered mostly from lack of budget and a few script contrivances. Bale's awesome, the action flashy and the story is classic dystopia.
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2:26AM on 09/26/2012
I am going to give 2 cases of irony. The fact people thought it was too much like The Matrix even though it was released well before that movie came out. The fact that after finally seeing this movie after the matrix & thinking it was still not a good movie since it was a cheaper looking Matrix.
I am going to give 2 cases of irony. The fact people thought it was too much like The Matrix even though it was released well before that movie came out. The fact that after finally seeing this movie after the matrix & thinking it was still not a good movie since it was a cheaper looking Matrix.
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3:55PM on 09/26/2012
1999 is when The Matrix came out. Why on earth would you make a statement like that?
1999 is when The Matrix came out. Why on earth would you make a statement like that?
9:51AM on 09/26/2012
"people thought it was too much like The Matrix even though it was released well before that movie came out."

You're saying Equilibrium came out before the Matrix? My memory and the internet beg to differ.
"people thought it was too much like The Matrix even though it was released well before that movie came out."

You're saying Equilibrium came out before the Matrix? My memory and the internet beg to differ.
2:57AM on 09/26/2012
This movie is so underrated. The final climax was exciting with the whole Gun-Kata thing.
This movie is so underrated. The final climax was exciting with the whole Gun-Kata thing.
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3:46AM on 09/26/2012
I'm a long time fan of this movie and I too was surprised when I found it on the shelf of a Blockbuster having never heard of it before. I do not think that nowadays liking this movie is an unpopular opinion (but I do understand why you made the article) considering that everyone to whom I recommended it loves it and everyone here seems to love it as well.
I'm a long time fan of this movie and I too was surprised when I found it on the shelf of a Blockbuster having never heard of it before. I do not think that nowadays liking this movie is an unpopular opinion (but I do understand why you made the article) considering that everyone to whom I recommended it loves it and everyone here seems to love it as well.
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5:12AM on 09/26/2012

Always loved this movie...

Don't think its an unpopular opinion just not a lot of people have seen it, I remember at the time of release it had been delayed for years and then was unfairly dumped by Dimension. It's gained a cult following over the years though and anyone I know whose seen it (usually due to my persistent recommendation) loves it.
Don't think its an unpopular opinion just not a lot of people have seen it, I remember at the time of release it had been delayed for years and then was unfairly dumped by Dimension. It's gained a cult following over the years though and anyone I know whose seen it (usually due to my persistent recommendation) loves it.
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5:35AM on 09/26/2012
It's a decent film, I enjoyed it more than I did The Matrix.
It's a decent film, I enjoyed it more than I did The Matrix.
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5:38AM on 09/26/2012
i enjoyed it
i enjoyed it
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6:05AM on 09/26/2012
If a movie has higher than 7.5 rating on IMDB, it's not really an unpopular opinion to say you like it. Critic opinion is long forgotten for films that become beloved over time. I mean, this is a great fucking movie that every film fan loves, so the braver article woulda been the one trying to tear it down.
If a movie has higher than 7.5 rating on IMDB, it's not really an unpopular opinion to say you like it. Critic opinion is long forgotten for films that become beloved over time. I mean, this is a great fucking movie that every film fan loves, so the braver article woulda been the one trying to tear it down.
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9:52AM on 09/26/2012
I thought about that, Cap'n, but I figured since the critics disliked it, it would be worth raising recognition for this great movie.
I thought about that, Cap'n, but I figured since the critics disliked it, it would be worth raising recognition for this great movie.
8:05AM on 09/26/2012
For someone who knows so much about this movie, how could you get the leading lady wrong? mix up Emily Watson and Samantha Morton?
For someone who knows so much about this movie, how could you get the leading lady wrong? mix up Emily Watson and Samantha Morton?
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9:51AM on 09/26/2012
My fault, p_gautan. I always flip those two actresses. They look so much alike.
My fault, p_gautan. I always flip those two actresses. They look so much alike.
8:30AM on 09/26/2012
Of all the earlier Christian Bale films, I like Little Women better. :))
Seriously though, Equilibrium is one of the most awesome movie that Sean Bean has ever died in.
Of all the earlier Christian Bale films, I like Little Women better. :))
Seriously though, Equilibrium is one of the most awesome movie that Sean Bean has ever died in.
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8:44AM on 09/26/2012
I love this flick. Haven't watched it in awhile.
I love this flick. Haven't watched it in awhile.
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8:45AM on 09/26/2012

Awesome Movie

Why can't movies just be fun? I'm all for critiquing movies, and I do a lot. But sometimes a movie just isn't supposed to be. Sometimes a movie is just a movie to sit back, drink a beer, and have a good time.
Why can't movies just be fun? I'm all for critiquing movies, and I do a lot. But sometimes a movie just isn't supposed to be. Sometimes a movie is just a movie to sit back, drink a beer, and have a good time.
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9:20AM on 09/26/2012

Awesome

I love this film...I saw this film when it came out on DVD and have seen it multiple times since then. Very well done action film and well acted. I think it came out the same weekend as Spider-man so that sucks LOL.
Awesome, awesome action film.
I love this film...I saw this film when it came out on DVD and have seen it multiple times since then. Very well done action film and well acted. I think it came out the same weekend as Spider-man so that sucks LOL.
Awesome, awesome action film.
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9:24AM on 09/26/2012

Awesome

I love this film...I saw this film when it came out on DVD and have seen it multiple times since then. Very well done action film and well acted. I think it came out the same weekend as Spider-man so that sucks LOL.
Awesome, awesome action film.
I love this film...I saw this film when it came out on DVD and have seen it multiple times since then. Very well done action film and well acted. I think it came out the same weekend as Spider-man so that sucks LOL.
Awesome, awesome action film.
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10:37AM on 09/26/2012

Entirely....without incident.

No. *flatlines*

Not without incident!

*shoots shitloads of guys in motorcycle helmets with long leather coats*

THIS MOVIE FUCKING RULES!

In all seriousness though it was a very good movie and quite thought provoking. The morning after Bale stops taking the drug and he becomes overwhelmed with emotion for the first time watching a beautiful sunrise was wonderful. Sure there are some plot-holes and quite a few instances where there is obvious emotional reactions from certain
No. *flatlines*

Not without incident!

*shoots shitloads of guys in motorcycle helmets with long leather coats*

THIS MOVIE FUCKING RULES!

In all seriousness though it was a very good movie and quite thought provoking. The morning after Bale stops taking the drug and he becomes overwhelmed with emotion for the first time watching a beautiful sunrise was wonderful. Sure there are some plot-holes and quite a few instances where there is obvious emotional reactions from certain characters but all very subtle.
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10:58AM on 09/26/2012
Fuck's sake with the gun kata. I swear if one more person tries to explain gun kata as though it's an interesting, scientifically considerate inspiration and not basically the rantings of a 3rd grader... Gun Kata action scenes only work if you're intently awed by the explanation, otherwise there's no sense of danger or coherance to any of it. And the explanation is just piles of bullshit. Which is fine, but to take it as a serious plus for the movie?

It's like, if someone filled their
Fuck's sake with the gun kata. I swear if one more person tries to explain gun kata as though it's an interesting, scientifically considerate inspiration and not basically the rantings of a 3rd grader... Gun Kata action scenes only work if you're intently awed by the explanation, otherwise there's no sense of danger or coherance to any of it. And the explanation is just piles of bullshit. Which is fine, but to take it as a serious plus for the movie?

It's like, if someone filled their kung fu movie with nothing but two guys fighting by grappling their pointer fingers, and the explanation was that true kung fu genius concentrated down to a finger tip because this and that and fucking whatever. Just because I understand the premise of that doesn't make the action it evokes remotely enjoyable. Such is fucking gun kata.

...I'm sorry I've had this building up for a while,

And no, the movie has nothing to say. It just rips pretensions from a book that does.
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2:31PM on 09/26/2012
Word.
Word.
12:30PM on 09/26/2012
I'll let you take the thumbs down for both of us, and I'll say I agree with you. Unevenly acted, cringe-worthy dialogue (I get the "check your brain at the door" argument - but that doesn't apply to a movie with this much psycho-babble), and yeah the gun-kata and the visual direction just seemed to be overwhelmed by the Matrix's artistic direction. Oh - well this movie is like Boondock Saints. I hate that movie, but if I had a nickel for every fan I've converted to my side, I' have empty
I'll let you take the thumbs down for both of us, and I'll say I agree with you. Unevenly acted, cringe-worthy dialogue (I get the "check your brain at the door" argument - but that doesn't apply to a movie with this much psycho-babble), and yeah the gun-kata and the visual direction just seemed to be overwhelmed by the Matrix's artistic direction. Oh - well this movie is like Boondock Saints. I hate that movie, but if I had a nickel for every fan I've converted to my side, I' have empty pockets. You either love it or hate it.
11:04AM on 09/26/2012

Bout time someone plugged this...

Awesome article...one of Bale's best roles, imo and you forgot to mention Sean Bean had a small role as well. I swear it is a conspiracy that some movies not just in general, but action ones in particular fly under the radar and wind up being of higher quality than much of the mush we are brainwashed with in the theaters these days...give or take.
Awesome article...one of Bale's best roles, imo and you forgot to mention Sean Bean had a small role as well. I swear it is a conspiracy that some movies not just in general, but action ones in particular fly under the radar and wind up being of higher quality than much of the mush we are brainwashed with in the theaters these days...give or take.
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11:25AM on 09/26/2012
Its a classic and it should have gotten a better big screen outing. It is nowhere like the Matrix and anyone who says so is clearly uneducated. Bale was great as was the rest of the cast, but it was the action that stole the show. Highly original, Gun Kata was a breathe of fresh air as Hollywood had been ripping off John Woo style gun-play for over a decade. See this film, its an unappreciated Sci-fi classic.
Its a classic and it should have gotten a better big screen outing. It is nowhere like the Matrix and anyone who says so is clearly uneducated. Bale was great as was the rest of the cast, but it was the action that stole the show. Highly original, Gun Kata was a breathe of fresh air as Hollywood had been ripping off John Woo style gun-play for over a decade. See this film, its an unappreciated Sci-fi classic.
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12:28PM on 09/26/2012
Shoot me but I actually prefer Equilibrium to The Matrix. The fighting is top notch and the story delivers. This and Reign of Fire are two sorely under-appreciated Bale flicks.
Shoot me but I actually prefer Equilibrium to The Matrix. The fighting is top notch and the story delivers. This and Reign of Fire are two sorely under-appreciated Bale flicks.
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12:35PM on 09/26/2012

This put Bale on the map for me...

After Empire of the Sun and Newsies, I really did not think much about the chap. Even American Psycho did not hit my radar much at the time. But then Reign of Fire (also underrated) and then this really made me appreciate him as a potential action hero with great acting chops. I forgive the plotholes and relish the great acting, earnestness and fantastic action scenes. This is one of my wife's favorite movies. My DVD gets loned out all the time.
After Empire of the Sun and Newsies, I really did not think much about the chap. Even American Psycho did not hit my radar much at the time. But then Reign of Fire (also underrated) and then this really made me appreciate him as a potential action hero with great acting chops. I forgive the plotholes and relish the great acting, earnestness and fantastic action scenes. This is one of my wife's favorite movies. My DVD gets loned out all the time.
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12:40PM on 09/26/2012
Equilibrium rocks! Is one of my all-time favs.. the casting is amazing!

I honestly don't know why it should be here..? Because critics hated it? Everyone who has seen this movie at least enjoyed the hell out of it..! Who cares about Grey Poupon critics?
Equilibrium rocks! Is one of my all-time favs.. the casting is amazing!

I honestly don't know why it should be here..? Because critics hated it? Everyone who has seen this movie at least enjoyed the hell out of it..! Who cares about Grey Poupon critics?
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1:05PM on 09/26/2012
A classic, hands down.
A classic, hands down.
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1:09PM on 09/26/2012

Soooooo overrated

I was really hoping this was a negative review. This may be the only movie where I am angered by how much people love it. It is a bad movie with lame action scenes.
I was really hoping this was a negative review. This may be the only movie where I am angered by how much people love it. It is a bad movie with lame action scenes.
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4:28PM on 09/26/2012
I honestly felt the same way about 2001. I couldn't get through it all without falling asleep. Solaris, Sunshine & Moon on the other hand, much better movies. Also Equilibrium.
I honestly felt the same way about 2001. I couldn't get through it all without falling asleep. Solaris, Sunshine & Moon on the other hand, much better movies. Also Equilibrium.
1:30PM on 09/26/2012
Its funny, but I felt the same way about 2001: A Space Odyssey. I just found it really slow and boring. I always wanted to give it another try, but I end up watching Equilibrium instead.
Its funny, but I felt the same way about 2001: A Space Odyssey. I just found it really slow and boring. I always wanted to give it another try, but I end up watching Equilibrium instead.
1:21PM on 09/26/2012

One of my favorite movies!

This is definitely in my top 20. I watched it four times when I rented it back in 03.
Fantastic action sequences, strong performances (Bale owns it) for a film about a society with no feelings, and the scenes with puppies. I find the story really works, and those moments that Bales character is flooded with feelings after years of numbing himself really come through.

This is also at the top of the list of recommendations I make to people, alongside Dark City.
This is definitely in my top 20. I watched it four times when I rented it back in 03.
Fantastic action sequences, strong performances (Bale owns it) for a film about a society with no feelings, and the scenes with puppies. I find the story really works, and those moments that Bales character is flooded with feelings after years of numbing himself really come through.

This is also at the top of the list of recommendations I make to people, alongside Dark City.
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1:37PM on 09/26/2012
This movie is awesome. One of my top 3 favorite Christian Bale films behind The Machinist and American Psycho.
This movie is awesome. One of my top 3 favorite Christian Bale films behind The Machinist and American Psycho.
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3:44PM on 09/26/2012

Awesome & woefully underrated.

Among my all-time favorites, actually.
Among my all-time favorites, actually.
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4:10PM on 09/26/2012

Not much more that I can add...

that hasn't been said already. But man, I love this movie. Good call dude.
that hasn't been said already. But man, I love this movie. Good call dude.
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4:24PM on 09/26/2012
This movie is as mediocre as they get. It's literally Fahrenheit 451 for dummies who'd rather watch some Hollywood-faced twats poncing around unconvincingly with guns than read the thought-provoking novel that's being unashamedly ripped off.
This movie is as mediocre as they get. It's literally Fahrenheit 451 for dummies who'd rather watch some Hollywood-faced twats poncing around unconvincingly with guns than read the thought-provoking novel that's being unashamedly ripped off.
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5:35PM on 09/26/2012
That extra tidbit was pretty spot on! I watched this movie back when the first Matrix was pretty new, and I remember loving it! Really cool movie!
That extra tidbit was pretty spot on! I watched this movie back when the first Matrix was pretty new, and I remember loving it! Really cool movie!
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6:36PM on 09/26/2012
I actually saw this movie in a theater. It's nothing more than pure awesome. Ha, I remember seeing it for the first time and thinking " Bale would be a really good batman..." It was the first "Matrix knock-off" that I thought really stood well on it's own, and Its actually a shame that it dosent get much love from the mainstream. Very well thought out, and every bit as smart as The matrix was, I'll always be a fan...
I actually saw this movie in a theater. It's nothing more than pure awesome. Ha, I remember seeing it for the first time and thinking " Bale would be a really good batman..." It was the first "Matrix knock-off" that I thought really stood well on it's own, and Its actually a shame that it dosent get much love from the mainstream. Very well thought out, and every bit as smart as The matrix was, I'll always be a fan...
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9:19PM on 09/26/2012

Bales audition for batman

Love this flick, it is a good, legit shoot-em-up action film.
Love this flick, it is a good, legit shoot-em-up action film.
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9:56PM on 09/26/2012

Can you tell I agree?

Love this movie, always have. Don't forget about the over-the-top acting by Taye Diggs. This is one of the most underrated movies of recent history.

I was very disappointed when I saw Wimmer's follow-up Ultraviolet, because it was utter trash (despite Milla's sexy midriff).
Love this movie, always have. Don't forget about the over-the-top acting by Taye Diggs. This is one of the most underrated movies of recent history.

I was very disappointed when I saw Wimmer's follow-up Ultraviolet, because it was utter trash (despite Milla's sexy midriff).
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10:11PM on 09/26/2012
A lot of fun. Some of the most kick-ass action in the past decade. And it provided one of the more touching Sean Bean deaths after LOTR and Game of Thrones.
A lot of fun. Some of the most kick-ass action in the past decade. And it provided one of the more touching Sean Bean deaths after LOTR and Game of Thrones.
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12:08AM on 09/27/2012
A have a few friends that don't like this movie, the majority of people I know (myself included), really like this flick.
A have a few friends that don't like this movie, the majority of people I know (myself included), really like this flick.
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12:29PM on 09/27/2012

Decent

I liked it quite a bit, but couldn't really take it seriously. No emotions allowed from the drug, but apparently Diggs' character could smile and practically laugh half the time, and the central antagonist also seemed to show emotion with bouts of anger. Maybe I missed something. And the super unrealistic gun fights were really disappointing but forgivable for the 'stylistic' aspect of it I suppose.
I liked it quite a bit, but couldn't really take it seriously. No emotions allowed from the drug, but apparently Diggs' character could smile and practically laugh half the time, and the central antagonist also seemed to show emotion with bouts of anger. Maybe I missed something. And the super unrealistic gun fights were really disappointing but forgivable for the 'stylistic' aspect of it I suppose.
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1:52PM on 09/27/2012
This isn't an unpopular opinion. I know loads of people who love this movie, myself included.
This isn't an unpopular opinion. I know loads of people who love this movie, myself included.
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2:22PM on 09/27/2012

nice review, I like this flick

and many love it now, though unlike some of the others below I realized you were talking about the 'professional' critics, who didn't like it. Hey, as long as we, the fans like it it's a win -- screw the 'pros'!
and many love it now, though unlike some of the others below I realized you were talking about the 'professional' critics, who didn't like it. Hey, as long as we, the fans like it it's a win -- screw the 'pros'!
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6:54PM on 09/27/2012

It was cool... Back Then.

It was cool when it came out because no one expected this straight to DVD movie to be any good (will all you please stop using the word Flick). It was surprising to see an actor like Sean Bean in a supporting role in a non theatrical release, and then have Christian Bale as the lead even further surpassed the quality of straight2DVD, but watching it now, the existentialism and satiristic qualities are so sophmoric and is really like 3rd grade philosophy. The only thing I think people really
It was cool when it came out because no one expected this straight to DVD movie to be any good (will all you please stop using the word Flick). It was surprising to see an actor like Sean Bean in a supporting role in a non theatrical release, and then have Christian Bale as the lead even further surpassed the quality of straight2DVD, but watching it now, the existentialism and satiristic qualities are so sophmoric and is really like 3rd grade philosophy. The only thing I think people really like, but don't want to say, is the gun wielding, and that there is actually a practiced form of martial arts spefically pertaining to the pistol.
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8:22PM on 09/27/2012

It was cool... Back Then.

It was cool when it came out because no one expected this straight to DVD movie to be any good (will all you please stop using the word Flick). It was surprising to see an actor like Sean Bean in a supporting role in a non theatrical release, and then have Christian Bale as the lead even further surpassed the quality of straight2DVD, but watching it now, the existentialism and satiristic qualities are so sophmoric and is really like 3rd grade philosophy. The only thing I think people really
It was cool when it came out because no one expected this straight to DVD movie to be any good (will all you please stop using the word Flick). It was surprising to see an actor like Sean Bean in a supporting role in a non theatrical release, and then have Christian Bale as the lead even further surpassed the quality of straight2DVD, but watching it now, the existentialism and satiristic qualities are so sophmoric and is really like 3rd grade philosophy. The only thing I think people really like, but don't want to say, is the gun wielding, and that there is actually a practiced form of martial arts spefically pertaining to the pistol.
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9:50AM on 11/21/2012

LOVE Equilibrium

I remember Roger Ebert giving it a good review and telling us it would be hard to find. I don't think it ever came to a theater near me.
Got it on DVD when it came out. Bought the BluRay even before I had a player.
It's the movie that made me like Christian Bale (American Psycho turned me off)
I remember Roger Ebert giving it a good review and telling us it would be hard to find. I don't think it ever came to a theater near me.
Got it on DVD when it came out. Bought the BluRay even before I had a player.
It's the movie that made me like Christian Bale (American Psycho turned me off)
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