Following an apocalyptic Third World War, the strict government of the dystopian city-state Libria has eliminated war by suppressing all human emotion. In the monochromatic and sedated society, artifacts from the old world (works of art and music that may evoke some emotion) are destroyed and the population is required to take sedatives. Grammaton Cleric Preston (Bale), a man trained to locate and arrest those guilty of feeling emotions, finds himself abandoning the drug and experiencing outlawed feelings. As he struggles to conceal his feelings from his superiors, colleagues, and family, Preston finds himself drawn into a sinister world of double-crossings and lies, and becomes an unwitting pawn in a sophisticated plot which ultimately changes the repressed society forever.
Gun Kata is a fictional gun-fighting martial art discipline that is a significant part of the film. It is based upon the premise that, given the positions of the participants in a gun battle, the trajectories of fire are statistically predictable. By pure memorization of the positions, one can fire at the most likely location of an enemy without aiming at him/her in the traditional sense of pointing a gun at a specific target. By the same token, the trajectories of incoming fire are also statistically predictable, so by assuming the appropriate stance, one can keep one’s body clear of the most likely path of enemy bullets.
The Gun Kata shown in Equilibrium is a hybrid mix of Kurt Wimmer‘s own style of Gun Kata (which he invented in his backyard) and the martial arts style of the choreographer. They disagreed on the appropriate form of Gun Kata, with Kurt Wimmer advocating a more smooth, flowing style and the choreographer supporting a more rigid style. Much of the Gun Kata seen in the movie is based on the choreographer’s style (movements are rigid and rapid). Kurt Wimmer’s Gun Kata is dispersed sparsely throughout the movie, most notably in the intro scene with the silhouetted man (played by Wimmer himself) practicing with dual pistols. Wimmer’s intended form of Gun Kata can be better seen in UltraViolet.
Prozium is a fictional liquid drug which suppresses strong emotions, creating a sedate and conformist society. The loss of emotions is a heavy price, but it is considered to be one paid gladly in exchange for the elimination of war and crime. The name could be considered a portmanteau of Prozac and Valium, two psychoactive drugs. Librium is another drug with relaxant effects, often used to treat severe alcohol or drug withdrawal.
Prozium was to be originally called Librium (thus the nation of Libria), this was changed to Prozium when it was discovered that Librium was already an existing drug.
The four Hebrew letters יהוה are often collectively called the Tetragrammaton (from the Greek τετραγράμματον, meaning ‘four-letter [word]’).These four letters are often transliterated as YHWH, JHWH, YHVH or JHVH, pronounced Yahweh, which is one transliteration of the Hebrew “יַהְוֶה”, which, in turn, is a vocalization of the name of God in the Bible.
HALL OF MIRRORS
>Hall of Mirrors is a Total conversion of Max Payne 2
that allows you to live out the journey of Cleric John Preston.
Gunkata your way through sweepers and clerics to destroy the regime you once held so dear.
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