"Equilibrium", released in 2002, is a very unique and dark Science Fiction film. Like the movie "Logan's Run" this one takes place in a futuristic society on Earth and the main character finds himself at odds with the current regime; forcing him to assist with change for the possibility of a better future.
Christian Bale excellently portrays the character John Preston. John Preston, top government official, is the epitome of the status quo. One day his friend and collegue does something while they are at work that is against the law; keeps a poetry book, thereby forcing John Preston to turn in his colleague, which leads to his friend's demise. This is how the movie begins, then continues to lead the audience through a self aware journey that it truly amazing, appalling, and rewarding. The character grows right before the viewer's eyes into a compassionate caring drug-free person and father.
"Equilibrium" eloquently displays how a society can go very wrong, then how someone can make a difference to steer it back on a better path. The society portrayed in this film is a very fascist "big brother" regime where everything pleasurable is forbidden including music, art, books, poetry, etc. People are not allowed to feel emotions, why they take a mood inhibiting drug administered by the government. Director Kurt Wimmer excellently pieced this well written movie together. Great special effects. Superb cast. A definite "make you think" type of movie.
Rated R, for the violence and subject material. There are many death scenes, but they are necessary for the plot and story. Would not call this a gory film in comparison to the Science Fiction bug-eyed monster movies.
Highly recommend, especially if a Science Fiction fan. "Equilibrium" is on DVD.