Starring: Nicholas Hoult, Kristen Stewart, Jacki Weaver, Guy Pearce, Bel Powley, Claudia Kim, Toby Huss
OUR RATING: ★★★☆☆
Story: Romantic sci-fi drama directed by Drake Doremus in which the story is set in a futuristic utopian society, where human emotions have been eradicated and everyone lives in peace. However, when a new disease emerges that sparks feeling in its victims then everything change for illustrator, Silas (Nicholas Hoult). Once infected Silas becomes an outcast and finds himself being drawn to his writer co-worker Nia (Kristen Stewart), who is also infected but is hiding her condition. As they strike up a dangerously forbidden romance, in order to survive, they have to find a way to escape together.
Verdict: The sci-fi premise of this story is an interesting concept, but it has been done before, and much better, in the 2002 movie Equilibrium with Christian Bale. In Equals the story just doesn’t have enough depth and it’s huge ideas are never seen through and in the end just becomes predictable. However, Hoult and Stewart have very good chemistry and both do a good job in their roles, the movie is aesthetically beautiful with great cinematography and soundtrack. Overall, it’s a great concept and looks beautiful but just doesn’t manage to pull off what it sets out to do.
Best Quotes (Total Quotes: 9)
The Collective: This is a message from The Collective. Are you overly tired or experiencing increased sensitivity? Remember physical contact or displays of feeling are a danger to all of us. Let’s do our part to help contain this disease.
[referring to the man who had jumped from a building to kill himself]
Equals Citizen #1: Did anybody see that?
Equals Citizen #2: Anyone recognize him?
Equals Citizen #3: It’s our first jumper in a while.
Silas: I’ve been watching you, the way you look at the world, the way you experience things, it’s different.
Nia: This has to stop. If it continues I’ll be forced to report you.
Silas: I can’t stay away from you. I can’t not be around you.
Nia: Do you realize what would happen if anyone saw us? It can’t happen, you know that.
Bess: Do not risk your job, do not risk your life.
Leonard: [to Silas] I was told to keep an eye on you. Is there something you want to tell me?
Silas: He knows.
Nia: What are we going to do?
Bess: Are you seriously considering this?
Nia: If we stayed here we’ll be found out.
Jonas: If you make this decision there’s no turning back.
Nia: Just remember what this feels like.
Total Quotes: 9