Equilibrium (2002)

55 mistakes

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Revealing mistake: When Preston returns to the Nethers he gets out his car and puts the dog down. When he gets back into the car the shot of him getting out is played backwards because the steam/smoke from the engine moves into the car. (00:46:40)


Visible crew/equipment: When Brandt picks up Preston from Equilibrium you can see the white screen in the reflection of the front passenger window. (00:24:35)


Continuity mistake: When Preston is examining the snow globe it's quite a big one (his hand can barely fit around the wooden base). When he drops the snow globe on the floor it's considerably smaller in size. (00:41:10)

Continuity mistake: During the final battle scene, Preston throws the two "weighted" magazines down the corridor, where they stand upright and wait for him. But as he battles his way down the hall, in various shots his guns already have the weighted mags in them, before he drops his regular mags and inserts the new ones from the floor. (01:33:25)

Continuity mistake: When Preston is crying over Sean Bean he has a face full of tears. When the guard enters Preston stands and he has a tear-free face. (01:03:05)

Audio problem: When Preston is confronted with the dog he says "My name is John Preston". In the following shot his mouth is still moving but it's only at the end of this shot that he starts talking again. (00:50:20)

Revealing mistake: At the beginning of the scene where Preston is taking out all the guards near then end, before he enters the room with Father,he throws the two balanced clips that stop perfectly in front of the camera and perfectly side by side. This is because each clip has a string attached to it, that is just barely visible, that stops them at the right spot. (01:33:10)

Revealing mistake: When Preston is seeing the body of Sean Bean he opens up his picture holder. When he does this, watch Sean Bean's shoulder and you'll see his muscle twitch by his neck. This happens at the end of this shot before it changes to a close up of the photos. (01:03:40)

Continuity mistake: When Preston and Partridge return from the Nethers and shoot themselves up with Prozium, watch Preston's Prozium syringe: even though he inserts a vial of the drug, the syringe is still empty when he puts it to his neck (you can see the tube that the needle's connected to doesn't have any liquid in it). It's only during the close-up that the syringe is suddenly full of the amber-colored Prozium. (00:11:20)

Continuity mistake: After the final battle, Christian Bale has blood on his collar, dribbling down it in three or four places. In a few close-up shots though, the collar only has a very small amount of blood, right on the edge. (01:38:30)

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Character mistake: When Mary is in the execution chamber, about to be incinerated, there is a voice over of the countdown till her death. They count back from 9 seconds and say 8 seconds, 7 seconds, 6 seconds, etc. The count is too slow. Every time they say a second, it's actually two seconds having passed. (01:22:10)

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Continuity mistake: After the gun fight over the puppy, Preston is in his bathroom and begins pulling his mirror out of the wall. The shots showing Preston have his face half covered in shadow, but his reflection shows no shows no shadows on him in reverse shots. (00:53:00)

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Revealing mistake: After Preston shoots Father, there is a wide shot and we see Brandt's face on the ground. Not only is there no blood surrounding it, it completely clashes with the floor, making it painfully obvious that it's CGI. (01:37:45)


Revealing mistake: At the end when Brandt pulls out the Katana from Father's desk, the close-up shows it's clean and shiny. When he swings it it looks grey and plastic like obviously used for lightness and safety. (01:35:40)

Continuity mistake: Mary O'Brien is trying to collect herself before entering the execution chamber. If you take a closer look, you'll see cleric Preston standing right behind her. He is supposed to arrive in front of the execution chamber only after Mary has already stepped inside it and the lock has been engaged. (01:21:25)

Continuity mistake: In the burly battle at the end of the film, in which a couple dozen guards are dispatched, Preston's white Nehru jacket remains spotless. Even after he kills DuPont, there isn't a speck of blood on Preston's jacket. Moments later, in the Father's broadcasting room, Preston now has a considerable neck wound and a quantity of blood staining the jacket collar and shoulder. The DVD lamely attempts to explain this delayed bleeding as a bullet wound that Preston sustained while fighting DuPont. However, after Preston shoots up the broadcasting room and finally exits the Equilibrium building, the blood stains have mostly vanished from the shoulder and collar of his white jacket.

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Continuity mistake: At the end of the Kung Fu gunfight between Preston and DuPont, Preston snaps some of DuPont's fingers and gets his gun away from him. Just after that, DuPont screams "Wait! Wait!" Watch his hand as he says this. The close up shows DuPont has his index finger extended and pointed at Preston with his other fingers folded down, and his thumb extended out. There is a jump cut to a distance shot and suddenly his hand changes. Now all his fingers are extended towards Preston. After a moment, he slowly folds his other three fingers and his hand looks like it did previously. But then the shot cuts to behind DuPont and all his fingers are extended again. (01:37:05)

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Revealing mistake: Before Mary is incinerated, she is shown standing behind the door looking through the T shaped window. Only a portion of her face is seen with her right eye on the left side of the opening, and some hair wavy over it. The shot cuts back and forth between her and Preston a few times, then the camera zooms in on Preston's eye. Mary's reflection is in his eye, however it is not a mirror image when it should be. It should be a mirror image reflected. (01:22:20)

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Continuity mistake: Preston confronts Partridge in the church about the book. Partridge talks first, and then Preston raises his gun and pushes on the book in Partridge's hands to see the cover. The shot from behind Partridge shows the book tilted up at less of an angle than when from Preston's view. (00:15:50)

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Continuity mistake: The second interrogation of Mary doesn't go so smoothly once Preston tells her that he was the one who killed Partridge. She grabs a pen and tries to stab him with it. They wind up on the table in their struggle and he is on top of her. The side shot shows their faces right next to each other, with their noses barely an inch apart. The shot changes to over Preston's shoulder and their faces are suddenly noticeably much further apart. (01:05:00)

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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: The speeches that "Father" gives are emotional, in that they are intended to instill emotion in the listener. I understand that Father and presumably quite a few others of the head council are not taking the Prozium, but is there a reason they are still giving these rousing speeches to the masses that are supposedly devoid of emotion? Am I just missing some of the story?

Gary O'Reilly

Chosen answer: As I see it, the point of the speeches is not to evoke emotions in the listeners, but rather to show what emotions such as anger and jealousy lead to in the course of human history. So they use historic "evidence" to justify their actions (such as killing sense offenders) and to show what emotions can lead to.

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