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Kurt Wimmer

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About the Movie

Delivering awesome high-tech action in the power-packed style of The Matrix and Minority Report, Equilibrium stars Christian Bale (The Fighter) and Taye Diggs (TV's Private Practice) in a thrilling look at a future where the only crime is being human. In an attempt to end wars and maintain peace, mankind has outlawed the things that trigger emotion-literature, music and art. To uphold the law, a special breed of police is assigned to eliminate all transgressors. But when the top enforcer (Bale) misses a dose of an emotional-blocking drug, he begins to realize that things are not as they seem. Also starring Sean Bean (National Treasure) and Emily Watson (Red Dragon).

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 85
  • Fresh: 32
  • Rotten: 53
  • Average Rating: 4.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: A movie that could be stupider only if it were longer. – Elvis Mitchell, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Rotten: Matrixian, Orwellian, and boneheadian. – Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly, Sep 7, 2011

Fresh: A moderately entertaining cautionary tale. – Claudia Puig, USA Today, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: An unsophisticated sci-fi drama that takes itself all too seriously. – Dennis Harvey, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Fun Ride...

B- Movieish, but great action sequences. If you liked Ultraviolet, you'll like this. No one would have gotten an oscar for this film, but I enjoyed the ride.

blew my mind

the sword katas and gun katas in this move define the art in martial arts. the storyline is very 1984 but darker. i place this movie close to the the top of my dark action and high body-count list. obviously, i disagree with Rotten Tomatoes on this one. these so called "Critics" reviewed this 2002 release in 2008-2010. just goes to show you that they are reviewing a movie that never made it on their radar until years later...which tells me that this type of movie is not in their wheelhouse and therefore should not be reviewing this movie. just saying...

Interesting take on a dystopian society

A good movie which requires thinking beyond the obvious to appreciate. Imagine a world where it is believed the only way to avoid warfare, is to remove it's foundation; the human spirit. Remove all feelings and what remains is a world without chaos. Christian Bale is an enforcer of the societal norms, who gradually begins to feel the emotions he has been trained to eliminate. From there, the story takes a number of twists and turns. It is reminiscent of the matrix but without the digital world. If you like movies such as Priest, the first movie of the Matrix, or The Children of Men; you will like this movie. Note: it has some good action scenes but the movie takes quite some time to get moving.

In summary, it is a good movie for those who appreciate drama mixed with Sci-Fi. It starts slow but ends well. Rating of 4.5/5.