"The wars of today are the results of excessive greed, as well as, political and religious differences, but without them we find, Equilibrium"
Imagine a world without emotion. Now, imagine a world without the choice to feel. How does that make you, well, feel? Do you think our existence would be better if we weren't driven by our intrinsic motivators? Kurt Wimmer decided to explore this notion, in his 2002 dystopian sci-fi release, "Equilibrium" which stars Christian Bale and Taye Diggs. It's an interesting story, but as you will see, "No great change is without consequence".
So, if there aren't any objections, Let's Unhinge the film.
The movie begins by setting the stage to let us know that our emotions are what will bring about the 3rd World War. Now, if you were to look at the state of affairs within the world today, this concept wouldn't be too far off from the truth. Just look at all the past wars we've had so far, it's more than often the result of a group "feeling" something that the other side didn't. Maybe, feeling like people should be enslaved or killed, it's cruel, but that's human nature. The quest to dominate another, yes it's dark and scary, but that's the world we live in.
So to eradicate all this foolishness, a new government has arisen to take matters into their own hands by outlawing difference at the source. They have chosen to suppress our emotions, but here's the catch. No law goes untested and no government is without opposition. So what happens now? Well, the law must be enforced and the government has chosen to do this with Grammaton Clerics. Who are the clerics? The clerics are essentially a group of emotionless hitmen that are very skilled at killing mass numbers without the slightest second of hesitation.
John Preston(Bale) just happens to be one of these clerics and he's at the top of his class. He is the government's most prized possession, for he knows the core values of the cause, or so they believe. You see, John hasn't really been moved by anything since he started taking his injections several years ago. Yeah, that's right they suppress the people with drugs, go figure. But what they didn't count on is that one day, John may skip a dose or maybe even three. But what would make him do such a thing?
Maybe he just got tired of all the bloodshed or maybe it was something that happened to him during one of his cleansing rituals. You can imagine that it must be something pretty significant for one of the government's top killers to change his tune mid-concerto, but then again, everyone's will is tested at some point. So what happened to John to make him suddenly stop taking his injection, suddenly start to feel? And even more, now that he is feeling emotions that have been suppressed, what will he do with them?
"Equilibrium" is an interesting story because it challenges us to think what the world would be like if we were to give up our choice to feel, to have emotion. Remember, emotion is the very reason that you are reading this today, it's the very same reason that you went to work today or didn't. It's the reason a man or woman picks up their child to say, "I love you". It's the reason that we continue to grind through long days of trials and pain, only to turn around and do it again for another glorious 24hrs. It's our reason to live, for without feeling we have no purpose.
So to wrap it up, we recommend this film for viewers open to the idea of a forced utopia or even those just curious to know how it would be. This isn't a movie to have you on the edge of your seat or even to blow back your wig. It's just a film to make you think and wonder, what if.....
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