Equilibrium is a strange movie. Seriously, it’s strange. No wonder the movie practically has a cult.
If you haven’t heard about the movie, it’s okay. I had no clue that it even existed until today. I finished watching the movie just now by the amazing Korean channel OCN, which is basically a channel that shows, well, movies.
I don’t wan to ruin the plot for people who may wish to watch it but the movie revolves around John Preston (played by Christian Bale a.k.a. Batman.) This is Preston’s job:
“In the first years of the 21st century, a third World War broke out. Those of us who survived knew mankind could never survive a fourth; that our own volatile natures could simply no longer be risked. So we have created a new arm of the law: The Grammaton Cleric, whose sole task it is to seek out and eradicate the true source of man’s inhumanity to man – his ability to feel.”
So Preston kills people with emotions. Ho hum, that doesn’t sound good.
Oh whoops, I think I may have spoiled the movie a bit (I hope not.)
The time period is after the Third World War, where many countries were demolished. Due to the belief that emotions are the main cause for war, people who live in Libria have to take a drug once-a-day which suppresses their emotions. It never says in the movie if there are other cities that also follow this style of life (but there should be.. I hope.) The movie answers the question, “what would happen if emotions that were loss were found once more?”
The movie has a slight feeling of Matrix. But Matrix was a fake world while Equilibrium is a realistic world. Erm.. ignore what I said.
I believe that the movie is excellent. There are twists in the movie that I never predicted (or it may just be me who’s bad at predicting) and the action Christian Bale delivers is excellent. The actors/actress deliver emotions (just say acting, dang it!) well and the action is great. Wait, I already said that. It amazes me that the movie’s filmed in 2002 because I thought (from the graphics and CG) that it was much recently. Either way:
Preston, your gun techniques makes my eyes pop.
Back to my thoughts. The idea that emotions create problems is true. If it weren’t for Hitler’s hatred towards Jewish people, then perhaps World War II would bot e recorded in history. If it weren’t for greed in oil, the war in Iraq and such would not have happened. If nations didn’t wish to gain more land, then countless fighting wouldn’t have happened. It’s because of emotions that we see cases of ex-girlfriend and current girlfriend ripping each other’s hair. Emotions bring bullying and murder. So technically, emotions = bad for the world.
But then again, we can’t really say that. If it weren’t for emotions, then for what will we live for? Everything we do is around emotions. If we couldn’t feel emotions, then going to work or dating someone would be pointless. It’ll just be an act of wasting time, a robotic life. But by having emotions, we are able to enjoy, to hate, to love, to despise. It’s because of emotions that we feel happy.
So emotions = good also.
Therefore good = emotions = bad.
That makes no sense. My equation makes no sense. This is why I’m mortal enemies with math.
Emotions bring terror into our lives. But if it wasn’t for emotions, then our lives would be pointless. Perhaps it’s for the point of feeling emotions that we live this world, as said in a conversation between Preston and Mary, a person who is arrested for not taking the medications:
Mary: Let me ask you something.
[Grabs Preston’s hand]
Mary: Why are you alive?
John Preston: [Breaks free] I’m alive… I live… to safeguard the continuity of this great society. To serve Libria.
Mary: It’s circular. You exist to continue your existence. What’s the point?
John Preston: What’s the point of your existence?
Mary: To feel. ‘Cause you’ve never done it, you can never know it. But it’s as vital as breath. And without it, without love, without anger, without sorrow, breath is just a clock… ticking.
Just watch the movie. It’s amazing *tapes movie poster on the wall*.