Equilibrium (2002) - Synopsis
In the nation of Libria, there is always peace among men. The rules of the Librian system are simple. If you are happy, you will be arrested. If you cry, the law will hunt you down. If you read a contraband book or so much as look at a smuggled painting, you've committed a criminal sin, skip your enforced medicine and your life will be over.
This is the shocking futuristic world of EQUILIBRIUM, a razor-sharp action-thriller set in a future where emotion has been banned as the very root of crime and war. To keep the peace, citizens must take their daily dose of Prozium, a powerful designer drug that stops feelings dead and keeps everyone on an even keel. Refuse to take the drug, and special police, trained in Gun-Kata, a unique form of deadly martial art combat, go on the hunt.
Up until now, top-ranking government official John Preston (Christian Bale) has believed in and upheld this system as a highly-trained "Cleric" who seeks out and destroys those who don't take their pills. But then he skips his own dose of Prozium - and discovers an incredible new world of sensation that gives him the passion to fight for freedom.
Writer/director Kurt Wimmer ("The Thomas Crown Affair") blends the brisk intelligence of a "what-if?" sci-fi scenario with the inventive action of a martial arts thriller in EQUILIBRIUM. In doing so, he creates a mind-boggling alternate reality that challenges not only what audiences think but what they feel as a man awakens to happiness, awe, love and fury for the first time, and rises up as a rebel warrior to overthrow the dictator who has outlawed it all.
EQUILIBRIUM features a dynamic young cast that includes Christian Bale, Taye Diggs and Emily Watson.