Movie Monday – Equilibrium, This is 40

Equilibrium is an older dystopian society science fiction film (2002) that we stumbled on through Netflix browsing. It’s interesting. A little slow to start but the story is intriguing enough to hang on until it gains a little speed. Emotions and artistic expression are prohibited and society is strictly controlled by drugs engineered to suppress emotions and by super-solider law enforcers who have been thoroughly indoctrinated. One day an enforcer misses a dose of his drugs and then decides to go even further, quitting his meds. Into the rabbit hole he goes, exploring emotion and questioning society’s structure. It’s not the best movie I’ve ever seen but it’s very interesting. Makes you think. And there’s a fair amount of action as well. The enforcers are trained in a martial art called gun kata which combines gun-fighting with hand-to-hand combat. Fight scenes are well choreographed and reminiscent of The Matrix. All in all I would recommend this movie to anyone who enjoys science fiction, action, or dystopian story lines.

I cannot emphasize enough, DO NOT BOTHER  with This is 40. I had heard from more than one person that it wasn’t very good. I thought, oh well, I still want to see it. IT IS NOT GOOD. It’s not funny. The best parts that could have been funny had been spoiled in the previews. The story doesn’t have any proper shape. It’s like a bunch of sketch comedy skits crammed together. The scenes are disjointed from one another. The story doesn’t flow smoothly. The characters are not sympathetic. It was a massive disappointment. I should have listened and passed on this one. I suggest you do too.

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.
Equilibrium, 2002


One comment

  1. I saw Equilibrium with my brother and we both loved it. Kept us guessing all the way through and it’s a really slick looking movie. As for This Is 40, I was in the same boat – everyone keeps telling me it’s rubbish but I’m still curious to see it. After reading this though I might skip it. Nothing worse than watching something and realising that you just wasted two hours of your life that you’ll never get back 🙂


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