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By Michelle
May 28, 2003 - 7:52 PM

Hello World!

Last week I watched Equilibrium on DVD three times — the movie twice, the director's commentary once. I was amused to hear writer-director Kurt Wimmer make the fairly unapologetic statement that he'd been accused of borrowing from everything from Farenheit 451 to Brave New World to 1984 to The Matrix to a whole host of other classic genre pieces. Because, you know, it's obvious that he did. And at the same time that's part of what made the movie so enjoyable for me.

It's true that there's not much that's original in Equilibrium. The protagonist looks and fights like Keanu Reeves and struggles against a state dominated by the image of Big Brother...oops, I mean Father. Strong emotion has been eradicated, and everything that could trigger it, from artwork to video games, has been banned. Everyone in the society has been drugged into complacency.

That said...it's visually striking, using color and lighting very dramatically. The acting is quite good, given the minimal emotion that the characters can express while under the influence of drugs that numb feeling. It's derivative but it's not dumbed-down; it takes popular dystopian cinema and distills what makes such films creepy and entertaining. In some ways that's more interesting than a straightforward sequel that just tries to do what a previous film did, only on a bigger scale.

Trek BBS Today

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-Why does continuity matter anyway?

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-And for fun, write new Enterprise limericks!

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Today's Television Listings

Tonight at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, UPN will show a rerun of the Enterprise episode "Minefield". Here's the official synopsis of the episode:

After unwittingly wandering into a minefield in Romulan territory, Enterprise becomes trapped when struck by an undetonated mine. When Reed takes a space walk to try to defuse the mine, he inadvertently gets pinned to the outer hull and Archer must chose between saving Reed or abiding by the Romulans orders to depart the airspace immediately.

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