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Old September 9 2013, 11:42 AM   #16
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Re: Daybreakers: Similar movies?

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Equilibrium.
I just watched Equilibrium for the first time a few months ago. I really liked it, and think it deserves more attention.
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Equilibrium.
I just watched Equilibrium for the first time a few months ago. I really liked it, and think it deserves more attention.
I really liked it too, and was shocked to find that its a 1 star movie on cable...
I think it deserves more than one star for sure, but I can understand it being fairly poorly rated by critics. I've called it "the dumbest movie that I love" here before.

It's sort of like The Fifth Element. If you really break TFE down to its core idea, which is "giant interplanetary ball of evil is defeated by an alien love beam" you'd laugh your ass off and be surprised that it was a big budget film and not a SyFy movie of the week. But when you take in the whole package of the humor, music, fight and other choreography, the spectacular and unique production design/costuming/world building, etc. it becomes something special.

Equilibrium
is sort of the same way. The whole suppressing emotions/emotions causing global war bit is straight out of Star Trek and Vulcans (in fact, just for fun I've pictured that world as one where the Vulcans landed post-WWIII and forcefully imposed their ideology on us), right along with some of the actors not getting the memo that they were supposed to be unemotional (I'm looking at you, Taye Diggs), just like some actors playing Vulcans never got it. It's kind of a silly premise to begin with.

But once you look deeper, the visual style --especially the creation of and the almost religious philosophy behind Gunkata-- and the fight choreography really makes the film unique and interesting and exciting beyond the rather mundane premise (also, they play Patty Cake with guns!). Plus, the deliberately uniform blandness of the world they live in (all beige and grey concrete and Earth-tone clothing, like a post-Soviet/Nazi hybrid vision of the future -- right down to the scifi Nazi-ish Swastika symbology) really sets the tone for the world. Also, in a totally unique twist, Sean Bean dies in this movie, which has, like, never happened before.

So, if you're a critic who is not impressed by more peripheral features like those and are solely concerned with the story itself, I could get you dismissing those films as silly. But it's the whole package that really makes those films special and enjoyable to me, and they transcend the simple, dumb plot.
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Equilibrium.
I just watched Equilibrium for the first time a few months ago. I really liked it, and think it deserves more attention.
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I just watched Equilibrium for the first time a few months ago. I really liked it, and think it deserves more attention.
I really liked it too, and was shocked to find that its a 1 star movie on cable...
I think it deserves more than one star for sure, but I can understand it being fairly poorly rated by critics. I've called it "the dumbest movie that I love" here before.

It's sort of like The Fifth Element. If you really break TFE down to its core idea, which is "giant interplanetary ball of evil is defeated by an alien love beam" you'd laugh your ass off and be surprised that it was a big budget film and not a SyFy movie of the week. But when you take in the whole package of the humor, music, fight and other choreography, the spectacular and unique production design/costuming/world building, etc. it becomes something special.

Equilibrium
is sort of the same way. The whole suppressing emotions/emotions causing global war bit is straight out of Star Trek and Vulcans (in fact, just for fun I've pictured that world as one where the Vulcans landed post-WWIII and forcefully imposed their ideology on us), right along with some of the actors not getting the memo that they were supposed to be unemotional (I'm looking at you, Taye Diggs), just like some actors playing Vulcans never got it. It's kind of a silly premise to begin with.
I thought there was a story reason for why Taye Diggs character was emotional? I do remember being confused by why he was so emotional, but I then I realized why. Maybe it was just something I came up with that wasn't actually in the movie.
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Old September 10 2013, 06:15 AM   #19
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Re: Daybreakers: Similar movies?

Well, Bale's character was emotional because he went undercover with the resistance, and Father was emotional because he was running things and therefore could break the rules (plus, he wanted to think like the resistance to outsmart them), but I don't recall Diggs having any reason to display emotions. He was still dosing regularly from what I remember, and was not undercover, so he didn't need to be emotional.

I just think his extreme ambition and anger got the better of him and overcame the effects of the drug. That could have been a deliberate choice on the director's part and indicate that the drug is not as effective as they think and only dampens emotions rather than eliminates them outright (for that matter, it might even have something of a placebo effect and it's the people themselves who are suppressing their own emotions to blend in).
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Old November 11 2013, 11:48 AM   #20
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It took me a while to recover from seeing this movie. I really loved how I got to see a completely different society.

Are there any other recommendations out there for where we get to see a different society?

Thanks!
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Old November 11 2013, 12:03 PM   #21
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Equilibrium.
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Mad Max, Judge Dredd, Robocop, Akira, Bunraku, Nolan's Batman movies, Demolition Man, The Fifth Element, Escape From L.A./New York, Riddick/Pitch Black, Sky Captain And The World Of Tomorrow, Underworld Trilogy...
Ok I saw Equilibrium and I thought it was really good. I loved how everyone is forced to take a chemical.

What kind of world do we see in 'Sky Captain'?
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Old November 12 2013, 04:11 PM   #22
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Equilibrium was good, but I preferred Daybreakers. I haven't been able to find too much similar to it though.
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Old November 12 2013, 08:35 PM   #23
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Mad Max, Judge Dredd, Robocop, Akira, Bunraku, Nolan's Batman movies, Demolition Man, The Fifth Element, Escape From L.A./New York, Riddick/Pitch Black, Sky Captain And The World Of Tomorrow, Underworld Trilogy...
I'm going to try and watch Sky Captain as soon as I can!
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Old November 12 2013, 11:50 PM   #24
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Well, Bale's character was emotional because he went undercover with the resistance, and Father was emotional because he was running things and therefore could break the rules (plus, he wanted to think like the resistance to outsmart them), but I don't recall Diggs having any reason to display emotions. He was still dosing regularly from what I remember, and was not undercover, so he didn't need to be emotional.

I just think his extreme ambition and anger got the better of him and overcame the effects of the drug. That could have been a deliberate choice on the director's part and indicate that the drug is not as effective as they think and only dampens emotions rather than eliminates them outright (for that matter, it might even have something of a placebo effect and it's the people themselves who are suppressing their own emotions to blend in).
Wow, nice insight there!
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Old November 12 2013, 11:59 PM   #25
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ReadyAndWilling, do you remember a few weeks ago, when I closed a thread of yours, told you not to use the BBS as a search engine, and gave you an infraction for spamming?

Now that you've bumped another one of these threads asking people to do your research for you, and posted five times in a row, you have another such infraction.
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