340 meters per second

Trust only movement. Life happens at the level of events, not of words. Trust movement.

&mdash Alfred Adler (1870-1937)

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Not without incident.

We don't buy a whole lot of movies: on our limited entertainment budget, a movie has to be good and withstand repeated viewings to justify a purchase. Equilibrium neatly satisfies both criteria. This taut, smartly-directed action flick features a plausible concept, decent script, solid acting and modest ambitions to rise a little above a couple of its genre's conventions.

Christian Bale is excellent -- and he has to be, as he really carries the movie. Sean Bean and Emily Watson are both compelling and deliver nuanced, layered performances but their parts are small and ultimately their characters are signposts in John Preston's (Bale) journey. Even the sleekly evil Taye Diggs can only fill out Preston's shadow -- though he is an excellent antagonist: wily, relentless and motivated.

Visually stunning, the movie is a real gem and shouldn't be missed just because it wasn't released in Canadian theaters.


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