Yes, it's utterly preposterous, with gaping holes everywhere in both the premise and the story. It's also extremely badly directed, with chaotically fast and hugely over-choreographed action scenes in Wimmer's own "gun-kata" blend of gunplay and karate. Some of the imagery is indeed striking, as are some of the eye-catching fight scenes. But with such a sieve-like premise and story, we simply can never take it as seriously as Wimmer so obviously does. (There's no humour in the future either.) The cast is very good, grabbing onto the subtext and relishing the suppressed-emotional interplay. But it's all guns and stuntwork, shadowy production design instead of meaningful character shadings. Sure, it's so cheesy that it's enjoyable, especially as you spend most of the time spotting things Wimmer stole from much better sources ... and keeping a list of problems with this Utopia (Why aren't prisoners drugged? Why isn't there a CCTV camera anywhere?). In the end, though, it's just sad: The whole film is trying far too hard to be serious and cool. But it's neither.
dir-scr Kurt Wimmer|
with Christian Bale, Taye Diggs, Angus MacFadyen, Emily Watson, Sean Pertwee, William Fichtner, Sean Bean, Matthew Harbour, Emily Siewert, Alexa Summer, Klaus Schindler, David Hemmings
release US 6.Dec.02; UK 14.Mar.03
Top clerics. Preston and Brandt (Bale and Diggs) are partners in the tought police who end up hunting each other down...
|"I thought this was excellent, actually. Where The Matrix was an excuse for the special effects, Equilibrium is a film with excuses for the effects thrown in. It's very much that film meets Fahrenheit however-many-it-was degrees - anti-emotion uber-police hunting down anyone with passion. It turns intelligent SF literature into a less high-brow experience. Remember, it's scifi/action, not scifi drama. If it looks cool and makes you think a little, it's worthwhile." --Medusa, Surrey 18.Mar.03|