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Equilibrium

Equilibrium

What he said:

He

I had never even heard of this movie before until a coworker (I think) told me about it. I wish I remembered who it was cause I'd give you free publicity on this awesome site. I don't even know if this movie was in theaters to be honest. Regardless, I am glad I found out about it. This movie was a great find. A badass, entertaining action-thriller.

The plot is nothing new. In the future there was another World War and it was so big it almost wiped out humanity. So as a way to help eliminate war, Big Brother tells people what to do and think, etc. They also make people take some kind of sedative. Everyone is basically a mindless robot, but there's no more war, yada, yada, yada.

So there are these guys called "clerics" who help enforce the law. Anyone who is found to have contraband (which can be something as minimal as a book or music) is taken down by these bad mofo's. The cool thing about them is that besides being bad hombre's, they use their weapons as extensions of their hands. This style is called "gun-kata" and boy does it make for some entertaining fight scenes. Some really creative stuff.

Well one day, one of these clerics (played by a not-yet-so-famous) Christian Bale forgets to take his meds and all kinds of chaos ensues. Taye Diggs is also quite enjoyable as the fellow cleric investigating Bale's character. You really wanted to punch him in the throat at certain points.

Rating: Thumbs up. Way up.

What she said:

She

Honestly, it's been a little while since I've seen this movie. I've been slightly annoyed with Christian Bale lately, and so I've been abstaining from his work. BUT, this movie is from well before he got annoying. What I like about this movie is that it's got that 1984 eerie thing going on, where people can't have independent thoughts and are basically emotionless zombies. I think Americans in general like to freak themselves out a little with that idea. In some sense it's a utopia - everyone seems happy - but then you realize they're all truly miserable because they're incapable of experiencing pleasure the way we do now. With good emotions come bad emotions, but it's a trade-off because the good ones are well worth it.

Now that we've got the themes out of the way, it's important to note that this movie is also a worthy action/thriller. It's not 100 percent action of course, but it offers its fair share of excitement. This movie is not very well known, but it's worth checking out if you haven't already seen it. Some might like it more than others, but I think few would actually think it's truly horrible.

Diagnosis: Thumbs up.