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Once again, I read some article telling me, “Watch this movie before it leaves Netflix!” This time, it worked out for me. Equilibrium was released in 2002, and like all movies, kills off Sean Bean. That’s just the way of things. The movie takes place in a dystopian future where a totalitarian state has banned emotion through the use of required medication. This was in response to World War III, which almost killed off the human race. The idea is that if we don’t feel, we won’t engage in crime. There are occasional angry outbursts from characters enforcing these rules, and a few other inherent paradoxes, but the script stays together fairly well.
One of the issues raised is that without negative emotions, life isn’t worth living. That means you have to accept the bad along with the good. This is a tough message to hear considering recent newsworthy events. Of course, where you strike the balance is the key. This movie shows what happens when the pendulum swings too far in one direction.
For once, the article was correct. As always, YMMV.
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