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Saturday, November 05, 2005
  Movie Review: A movie that has to be seen twice
This is one of those movies that you have to watch (at least) twice. The second watching is remarkedly different from the first.
The first screening is a great action flick; part 1984, Farenheight 451, and Brave new world. With a liberal seasoning of excellent leavening of violence laden combat and fight scenes.
The second time thru, the subtleties and nuance that is woven into the background and into the acting become appearant. Christian Bale is implacable, and Taye Diggs, spends a lit of time laughing at a joke that only he gets.

This is one of those movies that you insistently foist off on all your friends, just trying to get them to see the genius, and to enjoy it half as much as you did.

Like Serenity,

IGN: Equilibrium Review: "Though the film gets immeasurable mileage out of its cinematography, stunning futuristic production design, and music (an awesome neo-Wagnerian choral score by Klaus Badelt, a frequent collaborator of Hans Zimmer), it's (not surprisingly) the performers who give the proceedings so much gravity. Bale has never been better, combining the sleek coldness that served him so well as Patrick Bateman in American Psycho with a heartbreaking portrayal of a man rediscovering his lost humanity (and paying for the recovery of that humanity: Wimmer cleverly has the violence become more intense and wrenching as Preston learns to feel again). Bale is strongly supported by Emily Watson (one of the most soulful actresses working today, here perfectly cast as a beautiful sense offender who spurs Preston's rebellion against the system), Taye Diggs (having a wicked good time as Preston's suspicious partner), and Angus MacFadyen (sinister and oddly mournful as the head Clerick). This is a cast who seem to be giving their all in the service of a brilliant script, and guided all the way by a superb director."
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