Equilibrium (2002)

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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.


Corrected entry: When Preston opens fire in the dark room at the resistance in the beginning of the movie, he has just two pistols. He does a continuous, non stop rate of fire with both guns very rapidly for about 17 to 18 seconds straight, never stopping to reload. Given the size of the pistols, there is no way he had that much ammo in the guns to keep shooting that rapidly for that long. (00:04:10)

Quantom X Premium member

Correction: It's not the size of the gun that determines how many bullets it can fire between reloads, it's the length of the magazine. Besides, this scene isn't meant to be a continuous display of events. The angle changes from a wide shot showing Preston illuminated by the muzzle flash, to POV shots of the people Preston is shooting. These two angles are showing the same events twice, from two different perspectives, seeming to double the amount of time Preston spends firing rounds. Compare the number of bodies in this scene to the number of guards Preston kills later when they find the puppy in his trunk and how long it takes him to kill those guards; it didn't take Preston 17 to 18 seconds to kill the people in that room.

Phixius Premium member

Corrected entry: In the scene where Preston is returning to the building to get his Prozium resupplied, the car has on the rims as it drives up to the building. But when he is picked up by his partner and they are driving off, it's quite obvious that the car has on hub-caps instead of the original rims. (00:24:55)

Correction: I see the same hub caps as it drives up and drives off.

Quantom X Premium member

Corrected entry: When Preston is confronted with the dog, the guard says to him "Unknown individuals are subject to summary destruction" but watch his mouth when he says the last bit. It doesn't match what he's saying. (00:49:55)

Correction: If you watch closely, you can see that the guy has a mouth guard in. This would cause his lips to not move the way they would with normal speech.

Quantom X Premium member

Corrected entry: During the second Preston/Mary interview, when the two are facing away from each other, the camera cuts between close-ups of the two. During Preston's close-ups, Mary's face is turned to the side. During her own, she is facing forward. (01:05:35)

Correction: She actually does have her head to the side in her close ups. It's just a little difficult to tell with the angle she was filmed from.

Quantom X Premium member

Corrected entry: At the end when Father says "I live, I breathe" the shot behind him shows his mouth saying something else. (01:37:15)

Correction: You can't even see his mouth from that angle. His jaw and cheeks visibly move, and by all appearances, match his words with movement.

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Corrected entry: When Preston is beating up the soldiers with his studded pistol butts, he smashes the visors off a few of the helmets and you can see the soldiers are wearing protective goggles underneath.

Correction: Is this totally out of place with the rest of the protective gear they're wearing up to and including full body armor? Hardly.

Phixius Premium member

Corrected entry: An interesting DVD peculiarity. Switch on the Subtitle feature and then watch the credit roll -- even the background music and the choral singing during the final credits are subtitled. The subtitle "Slow instrumental music plays" is followed by "Indistinct singing". (01:40:15)

Phil C.

Correction: This is not unique by any means. It's not really trivia at all.

Phixius Premium member

Corrected entry: In the scene where Preston's wife is arrested, Preston attacks one of the policemen. When he breaks his arm, you can see that the man was holding an M4A1 Assault Rifle. After Preston broke his arm, he took the weapon away from the policeman. In the next shot Preston is holding a different weapon. (00:19:30)

Correction: Yes, he does take the m4a1 from the policeman, then uses that rifle to take the weapon from the other policeman. Which is why it's different. If you're not sure, watch it in slow-mo.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Preston shoots his partner for being a sense offender, pieces of the book fly into the air after he fires. However, when the book is dropped right after, it can easily be seen that there is no bullet hole in the book.

Correction: Yes, there is a bullet hole. It's in the front cover of the book, not the back cover.

Corrected entry: Preston shoots his first partner right in the face or chest to kill him. However, in the scene where he comes to see the body of his former partner there are no bullet holes visible.

Correction: Incorrect, toward the end of the scene the bullet wound can be seen in the body's throat. This can also be seen in Preston's dream/nightmare, right before the body is zipped up and incinerated.

Corrected entry: Another subtitles related problem. Whenever they show Sean Pertwee delivering a speech the subtitles list Angus Macfayden's character as the one speaking. While this later turns out to be the case I still think they could have done a slightly more discreet job.

Correction: It may have been a bad idea, given the reveal at the end of the movie, but it is not a mistake. Sorry, but opinions don't make mistakes.

Phixius Premium member

Corrected entry: Preston supposedly switched his weapon with his partner's in the warehouse raid, but he had his gun in one hand and his partner's in the other and never faced away from his partner and never changed hands.

Correction: Brandt offers Preston his gun with his left hand. Preston accepts it with his right hand. After deliberating, Preston hands his own gun back to Brandt with his left hand. Brandt accepts it with his right hand. Brandt pretended not to notice for the benefit of the overall plan to trap Preston.

Phixius Premium member

Corrected entry: In the scene in which Christian Bale fights several soldiers in bike-helmets with his studded pistol-butts, there is a close-up shot of the first soldier who's visor gets smashed. Immediately after that shot you can see that there are no studs on the pistol-butt. (00:56:30)

Correction: This has already been corrected. It is impossible to see this without using slow motion, and as such it is not a valid mistake.


Corrected entry: In the scene where Preston tells the men to shoot the hinges and lock, It shows guns being pointed at four hinges and 2 locks.

Correction: There's not enough detail here to constitute a mistake. Does the door *have* four hinges and two locks? Is there perhaps more than one gun pointing at each hinge and/or lock?

Phixius Premium member

Corrected entry: It seems that every single person in this future society has to administer their dose of prozium at exactly the same time, however, in the scene in the car at the beginning of the movie, the clerics' watches beep but no one outside of the car stops to take their shots.

Correction: It SEEMS that they take them at the same time. We only see one shot of many people doing it. It's likely that people of different professions would need to take different doses at different times. The Clerics are fighting routinely and so would be far more biologically aroused than most of the population, which would mean they'd be taking either a different dosage (so they'd be on a different timetable) or the same dosage more often.

Gary O'Reilly

Corrected entry: When Preston is beating the guys up with the spikes coming out of the handle of his guns, when he breaks the first guy's glass visor you see the spikes are no longer there, but a few shots later, you see him retracting them back into the guns. I had to slow this down to really see it.

Correction: This is completely impossible to see without the use of slow-motion and therefore by the rules of this site the mistake is invalid.


Corrected entry: How is it that Cleric Preston is able to visit with the Father fully armed? The Father even knew that he would not be happy when he arrived so why was he allowed guns and ammunition? They took his sword as he entered but didn't bother with anything else. In the future one would think they would utilize metal detectors or a simple pat down process to protect the omni-present Father.

Correction: The DVD commentary clears this up somewhat - there was orginally a metal detector in the script, that was in the next room (after the interrogation)However the scene was cut, so it is never shown. This explains why they had seemingly let him in with his guns -they hadn't checked yet.

Corrected entry: The first gunfight at the warehouse. The guards gather in a bright corridor and blast the locks and hinges from a door that Preston slides into a darkened room upon. Here he waits in total darkness before blowing away all the sense offenders. If the door was blown off the room would have been flooded with light.

Phillip Churchfield

Correction: As Preston says to the guard whilst waiting outside the door, 'When the door's down, blow the bulbs'.The guards aim at the lights and when the door goes down we here them all shooting out the lights hence the darkness.

Corrected entry: Just after Preston kills Father you can see the cleric holding a gun in each hand. Two shots later he leaves the room with NO guns in his hands. You do not hear him drop the guns, but you CAN hear each of his steps.

Correction: Preston can probably retract the guns back into his arm holsters.

Corrected entry: When Preston and his partner are coming back from the Nether, he sees that his partner has a book with him. He asks "Why didn't you leave that for the evidence team?" The partner replies "I wanted to log it in myself, they miss these things sometimes." Later, he has a book and Tae Diggs asks him about it. He says the excact same thing. The problem is that it is not a strech to assume that the best cleric on the force would know that saying that will likely lead to his being outed as a sense offender.

Correction: Preston has to say something in response - he's been caught on the hop, doesn't have time to think, so resorts to repeating what Partridge said earlier. Anyway, it wasn't that phrase that caught Preston's attention earlier anyway - his suspicions were aroused by other statements by Partridge - he then investigated and found that Partridge had not turned the book in as he said he would. At the time, he accepted it as a reasonable answer - there's no reason to think that Brandt wouldn't accept it as well.

Tailkinker Premium member

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.

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Mary: It's circular. You exist to continue your existence. What's the point?
John Preston: What's the point of your existence?
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