In the future, we have been genetically (re-)engineered to be less emotional (a bit like Vulcans, I suppose), since it is emotion that leads to war, etc. Expressing emotion (love, anger, etc) is a ‘crime’ and a sign that you have Switched On Syndrome (SOS). To avoid being sent to prison or hospital, those with feelings (like Kristen Stewart) have to discipline themselves not to show anything in public (earning themselves the name ‘hiders’). Anyway, Kristen (predictably enough) falls in love with a young chap and they cannot resist ‘coupling’ (would have been a much more interesting movie if it had been a young woman). They then have to go on the run to escape (aided by a support group).
‘Equals’, of course, nicks the premise of better scifi films like ‘Equilibrium’. Does Equals offer anything new? Kinda. It explores the interior pain and abuse that ‘sensitive’ people experience rather than looking to engage in big SFX and an action-based fight against the politics of a dystopian world. The sound track is brilliant – a transcendental white noise that is as much psychological as melodic. Equals, then, is a tender, sweet and contemplative little movie. Worth a look if you’re in that sort of mood. It scores 7.5 out of 10 from me (more than most of the nitwit critics out there have given it). So there.