Equilibrium (2002)

What goes up, must come down. History supports this notion with evidence that civilizations eventually decline and sometimes fall – and Hollywood enjoys a well-aged civilization in decay.
Monday, January 31, 2011
6:30pm @ Central Library

Equilibrium: In the future, crime and war have been eliminated by suppressing human emotions completely. When a top-ranking law enforcement officer misses a dose of Prozium – the emotion-inhibiting drug – he falls under the sway of a woman who seeks revolution against the brainwashing regime. This film has the look and feel of The Matrix while borrowing story elements from the classic novels Fahrenheit 451 and 1984. Starring Christian Bale, Emily Watson, and Taye Diggs. Rated R. (107 min.)

Dystopian Depictions Film Series

Physics makes it plain: what goes up, must come down. History supports this notion with evidence that civilizations eventually decline and sometimes fall – and Hollywood enjoys a well-aged civilization in decay.

This film series complements the 2011 Adult Winter Reading Program.

Brazil (1985) on January 3. A one-of-a-kind film about flights of fantasy and the nightmare of reality, terrorism and late night shopping, as well as true love and creative plumbing. Sam Lowry’s life is immediately and tragically changed by a computer’s typographical error in this brilliant and controversial look at a futuristic society. Starring Jonathan Pryce and Robert De Niro. Directed by Terry Gilliam. Rated R. (131 min.)

City of Ember (2008) on January 10. Built as a refuge from the uninhabitable world above, an underground city is crumbling as its citizens watch helplessly. Two teenagers set out on a dangerous journey to the surface in hopes of finding salvation. Starring Saoirse Ronan and Harry Treadaway with Bill Murray and Tim Robbins. Rated PG. (90 min.)

Logan’s Run (1976) on January 24. This science fiction classic is set in the year 2274, a time when society deems that citizens are only allowed to live to age 30. As a policeman nears his age limit, he desperately searches for a way to avoid mandatory extermination. Won an Oscar for its visual effects. Based on the novel by William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson. Rated PG. (120 min.)

Equilibrium (2002) on January 31. In the future, crime and war have been eliminated by suppressing human emotions completely. When a top-ranking law enforcement officer misses a dose of Prozium – the emotion-inhibiting drug – he falls under the sway of a woman who seeks revolution against the brainwashing regime. This film has the look and feel of The Matrix while borrowing story elements from the classic novels Fahrenheit 451 and 1984. Starring Christian Bale, Emily Watson, and Taye Diggs. Rated R. (107 min.)