Earlier this week, I received an email from Rachel in Fredericton where I was strongly advised to see Equilibrium. After agreeing wholeheartedly on Le Pact des Loups (Brotherhood of the Wolf), she thought it would be wise for me to check this one out. She was quite correct.
In the future, a totalitarian society has risen from the ashes of World War III based on the idea that in order to irradicate chaos and destruction, the populace must controlled with a drug that suppresses emotion. Feelings are, of course, the cause of all war n’ hate n’ stuff and the drug that eliminates that is the cornerstone of the society. Christian Bale and Sean Bean are Grammaton Clerics, the police force in charge maintaining order, finding and executing people with feelings, and burning priceless art. They are also trained in the art of Gun-Kata – a blend of Tai-Chi and shootin’ the crap out of people. One day, after a particularly revealing conversation with Boromir, Patrick Bateman forgets to take his meds and it gets really interesting.
I loved this movie. It owes a lot to 1984, Brave New World, and Farhenheit 451 (at least from what I remember in high school) so it certainly isn’t the first time this story has been told but what makes Equlibrium so special is the way its been done. K dug it too. In fact, I own the flick as it was “in transition” when I went to rent it at Videotron. It was no longer on the rental shelf and had been moved to the “Previously Viewed” bin so I bought it instead. It will now sit proudly next to Starship Troopers.