October 10, 2013

Classic Action Scene: Equilibrium Final Shoot Out

If ever there’s a movie that deserves a lot more love it’s this frankly classic sci-fi actioner starring Christian Bale and Taye Diggs. The concept is fabulously out there, but the execution is so expertly done that you get totally swept up in it.

PLOT: A man who dares to feel finds his life in danger in this cautionary science fiction drama. In the future, after a Third World War has decimated much of the Earth’s population, a new nation known as Libria rises up under the unquestioned leadership of Dupont (Angus MacFadyen). Believing human emotions and their expression were to blame for the failings of past societies, The Father has decreed that all citizens must take a daily dose of Prozia II, a drug which levels out the emotional landscape, and that all forms of creative expression are against the law; violating either regulation can be punished by death. John Preston (Christian Bale) is a Grammaton, an elite law enforcement officer who tracks down and punishes “sense offenders.” One day, Preston accidentally fails to take his Prozia II, and for the first time begins experiencing emotions himself. Preston becomes aware of an underground of rebels who refuse to take their medication and have embraced art and literature, and he finds himself becoming infatuated with one of their number, Mary O’Brian (Emily Watson).

I also think the Gun Kata is one of the coolest inventions in recent cinema history. It just makes the action look insanely stylish and Bale rocks as an action hero, proving that he doesn’t need a cape and cowl to kick some serious ass.

Check out this fantastic sequence below.

About the Author

Eoin Friel
Eoin Friel
I grew up watching JCVD, Sly and Arnold destroy bad guys, blow things up and spew one-liners like it's a fashion statement. Action is everything I go to the movies for and the reason I came up with this site is to share my love for the genre with everyone.



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