Parents' Guide to

Equilibrium

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Violent post-nuclear sci-fi is Orwellian.

Movie R 2002 107 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 18+

There are nude paintings. We don't do movies with that stuff, just warning others as well

Seems like a cool movie, but there are nude paintings, so we stopped watching. Thought others ought to know there is nudity and who knows what else.
age 13+

Not a problem, except for the hokey face sliding off

Violence-7/10 Sex/Nudity-1/10 Language-4/10

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (12 ):

This intense, unsettling film draws heavily from George Orwell's classic, 1984. Writer/director Kurt Wimmer substitutes "Big Brother" for "Father," whose voice and features are projected across Libria on enormous television screens, constantly reminding people of the dangers of the natural human state and the devastation it had led to in earlier, less sophisticated societies. Where Orwell has "thought police," Wimmer has "sense police." States in Orwell's world subdue their populations by the need to maintain their war efforts, while Libria's justifies the abuse of its people through the notion of sustaining peace.

There are a number of interesting issues that Equilibrium sets up to address. In discussions with children these could easily be drawn out, but the film itself descends into a predictable and formulaic shoot-em-up sci-fi action movie. The ninja-based gun fighting style used by the clerics verges on the balletic, but for any admirer of this film genre, they will have witnessed almost identical scenes in The Matrix.

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