Review of "Equilibrium", 4 of 5 stars

Discussion in 'DVD Video' started by Mike Shea, Oct 16, 2003.

  1. Mike Shea

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    Some of the best movies are the ones you've never heard of. They are
    the ones that cost almost no money and made even less. Movies like
    Narc fall into this category as does Equilibrium. I hadn't heard of it
    before until someone I know mentioned it to me. I am glad he did,
    Equilibrium is a good movie. It isn't a smash. It isn't The Matrix, or
    Fight Club, but it is a good action movie with an important message.
    Do not let them take away freedom of thought.

    Probably one of my most annoying times to be around was right after I
    re-read Orwell's 1984. I looked around our post 9-11 post Iraq part 2
    war and saw what was really happening. I saw forced morality. I saw
    people using the deaths of others to spread their own unrelated
    agendas. I saw our freedoms disappearing under the now meaningless
    word "terrorism". The Recording Industry Association of America
    attempted to have the online file sharing software Kazaa marked as
    software that promoted terrorism. Organizations like the Motion
    Picture Association of America affix meaningless ratings to movies
    they do not agree with in some cases snuffing them out of existence
    and out of our thoughts. Our freedoms, our constitutional rights, are
    removed. Our thoughts are being controlled. War and the threat of
    violence is used as an excuse to keep us under control and keep our
    thoughts along the same company line. It isn't the government that
    does this, it is any large organization, commercial or not.

    Like Orwell's 1984, Equilibrium uses science fiction and action to
    tell this important story. It uses the vehicles at hand to speak
    against what is happening in our world. More than just a mindless
    action film like your typical Michael Bay billion dollar car chaser,
    Equilibrium ties together an entertaining thought provoking story with
    some excellent action.

    The concept of the "gun kata" was as interesting as the story. The
    concept that when studied mathematically, all gun battles can be
    reduced to simple probability and a single form can be used to teach
    the best of the best how to survive when surrounded by adversaries is
    a neat way to do Matrix-like action scenes. The action is good, but
    most will consider it a rip-off of the Matrix instead of something a
    little more unique.

    Movies like Equilibrium, Narc, and Solaris are all best seen on DVD.
    They thrive in the home theater where they failed miserably on the big
    screen. Equilibrium is a 2.35 to 1 16x9 enhanced picture with a Dolby
    Digital 5.1 soundtrack. There are two different commentary tracks, the
    directors one being quite informative.

    I like movies like Equilibrium. If it had been a monster hit, I
    probably wouldn't have, but seeing it the way I did made me feel like
    I found a small nugget of gold in a pile of rocks. It won't make me
    rich, but its a lot better than simple mindless entertainment. The
    message of a movie like Equilibrium is one that effects us all. Listen
    to it and act upon it.

    Mike Shea
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    Mike Shea, Oct 16, 2003
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