Equilibrium (2002)

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Corrected entry: Sean Bean's character is killed by being shot at close range as he sits, but in the morgue his head and torso are untouched. There appears to be a mark in on his neck in the morgue, suggesting that's where the bullet hit, but it's a trick of the light - a clearer shot shows his neck unmarked.

Correction: Partridge is killed by a bullet passing through the base of his neck. This is shown both in the morgue and in Preston's dream where the corpse is put in an incinerator.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Preston is about to enter the room, he orders that they blow the bolts to the door with the Shotguns. However the scene where they do this is repeated.

Correction: Er, no. Preston's order is, "When the door's down, blow the BULBS", meaning, "When the door's down, blow the lights out so the Resistance members can't see." The police sweepers take up stations near the door and aim at the hinges and lock so Preston can take the door down easily, but none of the motions or shots are ever repeated.

Phil C.

Corrected entry: When Preston slices Brandt's coat we see two pistols - still in their holsters -falling out of the coat. Yet in the next shot, when the pistols hit the ground, only one of them is holstered.

Correction: You actually only see one of the guns hit the ground, it slides out of the holster while falling. This is easy to verify since they both fall on different sides of his body, and the holster visible in the shot right next to the gun is empty.

Corrected entry: This is a mistake between the audio and the subtitles: When Preston is discussing killing Father with the other members of the Resistance he asks them about war and cruelty. Jurgen says that they've been 'Replaced by the Tetragrammaton' but the subtitles show the line as 'Replaced by a touch of Grammaton'.

Correction: When I watched the movie on VHS (without captioning,) Jurgen did say "Replaced by a touch of Grammaton?" at this point. Maybe there's a discrepancy between versions?

Corrected entry: When Christian Bale and Sean Bean are in the car on the way back from the Nether, and it is time for them to take their intervals, none of the people outside take theirs.

Correction: Because they've already taken theirs. Watch the sequence again. The crowd outside takes their injections as Father is speaking. It is AFTER that that the wrist indicators beep and Preston and Partridge take their intervals.

Phil C.

Corrected entry: In the society of Libria, all form of emotion is supposed to be outlawed and with it all objects that can provoke it. Yet Preston's daughter is shown eating chocolate cereal. Chocolate stimulates the release of endorphines into the brain, generating a feeling similar to being in love. Shouldn't it hence be outlawed?

Correction: Several things. First, the submitter postulated that the cereal was chocolate simply because the cereal is brown. It could just as easily be brown because it's a healthy fiber-based cereal like Total. Secondly, even if it is chocolate-flavored, the endorphin release caused by chocolate only applies to REAL chocolate, not artificial chocolate flavoring such as that found in cereals. Thirdly, the endorphin release is greatly overstated here; chocolate can produce, at best, a feeling of very mild euphoria in 99% of the population. This would be easily counteracted by the drug Prozium. Fourth, we see near the end of the film that Preston's children have both been off the Prozium dose since their mother was arrested years ago. If the cereal IS chocolate-flavored, they may be eating it as a small act of rebellion.

Phil C.

Corrected entry: In the begining of the movie, when the clerics and the SWAT team enter a building full of deviants, they are in a room with windows. But when Preston enters that room, it's completely dark.

Dr Wilson

Correction: Not the same room. The surviving sense-offenders (the ones who weren't killed by the heavy gunfire at the front of the building) retreated to a darkened room in the hopes that the Tetragrammaton wouldn't be able to take them on safely without heavy losses. As indeed they would have, had not the Clerics shown up.

Phil C.

Corrected entry: Do you remember when Preston finds the room with the snow globe? The music plays and he crys. You should also remember that the room was very dark and he had to light the lamp to see...but how did he find this room? He saw bright white light shining through a bullet hole in the wall.

Correction: When Preston enters the room the lights flicker and go out. That is why he has to re-illuminate the room.

Corrected entry: Early in the film, when the woman reaches across the table to grab the vial from Preston's hand, the actors need to lean-in, where later on, when she finds out that Preston is a sense offender, the two relaxingly touch hands in the center of the table. Did the table shrink?

Correction: Actually, it is the same room. but new tables to indicate that the two characters are getting closer to each other, Kurt Wimmer says this in the Comentator option on the Reg1 DVD. So yes, the table did get smaller.

Corrected entry: When John Preston is fighting the guards in the corridor and does his spectacular over-the-head pick up of the gun at the end, there is a shot of the guards in front of the door getting shot and the one on the right is standing still for far too long in comparison with the other shots. That same shot also shows them both falling to the side when in actual fact, they stumble backwards into the door. (01:30:27)

Correction: Preston is actually killing guards on the other side of those doors, too. He shoots the 2 guards in the room that he is in, and the bullets go through and kill the guys on the other side of the door. That's why there's 2 different death scenes. If you watch closely, you can see that the doors have different designs on them, according to what room they are supposed to match.

Corrected entry: The puppy that Cleric Preston rescued is sitting in the trunk of his car when he starts his nighttime gunfight with the sweeper team. After he has finished decimating them, he looks down by his feet and picks the dog up. That's a pretty brave puppy, to leap out of a trunk during a pitched gun battle and wander into the midst of all the attackers.

Phil C.

Correction: The puppy maybe brave, but maybe when all the shooting had stopped he got out of the trunk and walked over to Preston who was just standing there for a couple of seconds.

Corrected entry: This is a pretty huge plot hole. We are shown Preston switching guns with Brandt in the rebel execution scene. At the end of the film, when they check the computer to see which gun was used when Preston killed the police squad, it comes up as Brandt's. Problem is, the switch happens long after the scene with the police squad. Furthermore, only one gun was switched. Even if the logic worked, Preston would have been using one of Brandt's guns and one of his own.

Correction: The entire point of the scene, as we find out, is to make Preston 'think that he's won', so even if he were using one of each gun, the mistake is his own: he doesn't spot that fact, and thinks he has fully incriminated Brandt.


Corrected entry: In the movie it seems everyone in the government, even young boys in training, are constantly on the lookout for behaviour indicating sense crimes. For instance Cleric Preston is put on alert by the inflection his first partner gives a couple of words. Yet throughout the film Father and Taye Diggs exhibit fairly normal, human emotions, including angry outbursts without anyone taking notice.

Correction: This is because Dupont (NOT Father, the character seen on the video screens) and Cleric Brandt are both off the dose. Wimmer has confirmed this in numerous interviews. As for why they weren't turned in, Dupont never goes out in public, so no one would notice his behavior; and as for Brandt, who is going to turn in a Grammaton Cleric unless it were another Cleric?

Phil C.

Corrected entry: In the final part of the movie, the hero kills one of the bad guy using the scabbard of the sword.

Correction: I wondered about this too but if you play the movie in slow motion you will see that Preston uses the sheath to block a sword and it gets cut, giving it a sharp point. He then thrusts the sharp point through a guard, killing him. A high quality sheath would be fairly sturdy so this would be possible.

Corrected entry: Just after Christian Bale has shown the photo to Emily Watson, he exits, leaving the photo on the table. The next shot is of him back at his desk, looking folornly at the photo, which he's somehow got back.

Jon Sandys Premium member

Correction: It seems to be implied that quite a bit of time has passed between these two shots. If so, Preston could have easily returned to Evidentiary Storage and reacquired the photo to peruse it some more.

Phil C.

Corrected entry: During the final battle scene Christian Bale is seen to spin round a few times holding a large sword and slashing the four or five guards round him to pieces. As he does this we see his nice white tux/toga sprayed right across its middle with nice bright red blood. yet after he has finished chopping everyone up he still has a lovely clean top.

Correction: A close look at the blood spray from the final slash shows that its direction is sideways, parallel to Preston's body, rather than straight towards him. The blood mist shows up very well against the white of his tunic, but as he spins the blood droplets move past him at a different rate than he is spinning, indicating that they never touched him at all. Also, using frame advance reveals that as the blood disappears in the same shot, the tunic is still bright white. This of course begs the question of why the floor itself is clear afterwards - the blood had to go somewhere - but at least we know why Cleric Preston's tunic is free of blood.

Phil C.

Corrected entry: At the end of the movie, when Preston enters the father's room, he first checks for the presence of guards before proceeding. But after a few steps, guards appear from behind every room's column. Given Preston's starting position, it would have been impossible for him to not spot the two guards hidden behind the two columns flanking the door, as both of them were hiding on the same side as Preston himself. Otherwise, they would have been visible to the viewer, given the fact that the camera angle is facing Preston. In other words, it is impossible for those two guards to be hiding both from Preston and from the viewer's point of view.


Correction: Preston saw the guards. He expected guards. He knew he could handle the guards. He didn't proceed into the room because he mistakenly thought the coast was clear, he proceeded because he was not intimidated.

Phixius Premium member

This doesn't make sense. If he was not intimidated at all, then why stop and visually search for threats for several seconds? The most logical explanation is just that the director wanted us to think the soldiers were hiding from Preston's view, with the issue being they couldn't hide from OUR view at the same time. This correction is not justified.

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Continuity mistake: The photo of Cleric Partridge with Mary O'Brien is crumpled and folded when we first see it in the morgue and when Cleric Preston shows it to O'Brien. However, when Preston is sitting at his desk and looking at the photo by himself, closeups of the photo show it as smooth without the signs of wear and tear seen previously. (01:01:25 - 01:03:20)

Phil C.
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Brandt: What are you doing?
John Preston: I'm rearranging my desk.
Bradnt: You didn't like the way it was before?
John Preston: I had no feeling about it. I'm merely attempting to optimize.

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Trivia: Towards the end of the movie, Preston is in a white suit. This suit was derived from another white suit, worn by Bruce Lee in the film "the Chinese Connection", during the funeral scene. (01:29:05)

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Question: Right before the fight between Preston and DuPont, DuPont re-quotes Sean Bean "you tread on my dreams." How did he know that quote, and why did he know it would mean anything to Preston?

Answer: Since Preston is the one who discovered Partridge's sense-offense and executed him, he was probably required to give a report of how it went down and mentioned Partridge's last words, which one would expect would make its way to DuPont.

Phaneron Premium member
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