by Robyn Buckley
Equilibrium was released in 2002 and was directed by Kurt Wimmer. Although he was written many movies, Wimmer's only other directing credit is 2006's Ultraviolet. Between the two, I prefer Equilibrium! The movie stars Christian Bale, Sean Bean, Taye Diggs, and Emily Watson and takes place in a future dystopian world known as Libria, a totalitarian state ruled by a small council. To avoid any future wars, the population is forced to take Prozium, a drug that inhibits all emotion. The reasoning behind this is that if there are no emotions, there is no anger and no fighting, which means no war. I'm not sure I follow that logic, but I'm willing to suspend disbelief for the movie! As is often the case in worlds where people are told what to do, there are those who resist – an underground movement of "Sense Offenders." Sense Offenders are people who refuse to take Prozium, as well as people who keep objects that the government considers illegal. Illegal artifacts include any art, literature, or music. Picture Fahrenheit 451, but on a much larger scale.
I like to pick an MVP when I’m watching movies – the actor or character that I think brings the most to the screen. For Equilibrium, that has to be Taye Diggs as Andrew Brandt. Brandt is Preston's new partner in the Clerics, who wants to move up the career ladder. Taye Diggs seems to be the only one in the movie having any fun. Most of the cast plays everything as serious and dour; Diggs, on the other hand, appears to relish being a jerk and you can hear the smirk in his voice in every line. I find that against the monotony of the other characters, this smarminess works. It's nice to have something a little more lighthearted and different on screen!
However, my few issues with Equilibrium do not mean that I think people should avoid the movie! I didn't have as much fun as I had with friends years ago, but I still enjoyed myself. Just, maybe, see it with a group of friends ready to have fun instead of mid-day by yourself?
• Grammaton Cleric sounds like a group dedicated to proper grammar.
• Sean Bean does what Sean Bean does.
• The world of this movie seems like a real shit place to live.
• Zeppelins? Really? We went back to those for transportation?
• This is Fahrenheit 451 on speed - no books, art, or music.
• I couldn't handle having to shoot goo into my neck every day. I'd die so fast in this world.
• Using a giant paper book to log everything seems like a terrible idea in a world with advanced technology.
• 'Sup, Taye Diggs?
• I know they don't have emotions in this world, but why don't they have pillows on beds?
• Bale's son is real creepy.
• Do they start babies on the sense suppressers as soon as they're born? I'm confused by these logistics.
• Gun Kata, aka Tai Bo with guns.
• Bale is terrible at hiding that he feels emotions. He's the worst at this.
• Disco balls and Newton's cradles are illegal in this world.
• Every hideout that they raid looks like an antique shop.
• Bale is really good at killing.
• Do you think Bale used this for training for Batman?
• Taye Diggs is so good as a bad guy.
• How has Bale not been caught?
• Bale is so bad at this!
• Taye Diggs relishes being a jerk. Love it.
• Matrix time!