In this gripping and emotional sci-fi romance from acclaimed director Drake Doremus (Like Crazy), Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult play Nia and Silas, two people who work together in a futuristic society known as “The Collective.” A seemingly utopian world, “The Collective” has ended crime and violence by genetically eliminating all human emotions. Despite this, Nia and Silas can’t help noticing a growing attraction between them, leading them to a forbidden relationship — at first tentative, but then exploding into a passionate romance. As suspicion begins to mount among their superiors, the couple will be forced to choose between going back to the safety of the lives they have always known, or risking it all to try and pull off a daring escape.
What We Thought:
Equals is a decent film, but it’s more a love story than sci-fi flick. They try to pass it off as a futuristic utopian movie and sure that is the setting, but ultimately it’s about Nicholas Hoult and Kristen Stewart falling for each other.
There is no crime because there is no emotion. Illness is rare and those who get sick, get removed as their illness increases in stages. The film is secretly a Young Adult story hidden a lot better than The Hunger Games or Divergent. It’s still just another version of those types of movies though.
But despite humans no longer having emotion in this technologically driven, sullen, plain world, Hoult and Stewart (like any good young adult characters) start crushing hard on each other. They give each other looks. Give a little touch here or there and ultimate get it on.
Even though I’m not a huge fan of Young Adult stories and love stories in futuristic settings, I didn’t mind the film overall. I actually didn’t mind Kristen Stewart either I’m not usually a fan of hers and haven’t really liked her in most films. In this she gets to play an emotionless human at first and that’s probably why I didn’t mind her. She can play her average, non-smiling self and it doesn’t feel out-of-place like it does in every other film she’s been in.
I also continue to enjoy Nicholas Hoult. Seriously, this guy is pretty fantastic and gets better and better. He’s pretty great in this and I’ll continue to watch films just for him.
The Blu-ray looks great as well. The light design, simple color scheme and wardrobe look perfect in HD. Audio has a top-notch score and easy to hear dialogue. Bonus features include multiple featurettes and commentary.
Equals is a film Kristen Stewart fans will enjoy. Same for Hoult fans. I can see why it didn’t get a big theatrical release, but that being said, it’s not a bad movie. Overall it is…
- “Switched On” Featurette
- “The Collective” Featurette
- “Utopia” Featurette
- Audio Commentary with Director Drake Doremus, Cinematographer John Guleserian, and Editor Jonathan Alberts
Cast & Crew:
- Nicholas Hoult
- Kristen Stewart
- Guy Pearce
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- Ex Machina
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