Equals Movie Review

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I didn’t know much about Equals coming into the movie. The leads are very established, but the entire rest of the cast was pretty known, and I wasn’t familiar with what they had done. I also am not familiar with the director named Drake Doremus. He has made a few smaller budget movies, but I still haven’t seen anything from him. His poster all look exactly the same. I mean beat for beat. So with that said, I don’t have much to say about my anticipation of this movie, so let’s just talk about it!

Equals is directed by Drake Doremus and stars Nicholas Hoult and Kristen Stewart. In a world where everyone is, well, equal, Nicholas Hoult’s Silas starts to feel something different. By something different, I mean he starts to feel in general. It is widely known that in this dystopian world, once you begin to experience emotion and feeling, you have to go to the DEN where they will either eliminate the problem, or eliminate the person with the problem. It’s a very scary place, but Silas begins to realize that more people than he knows are on his side. One notable person who is on his side is Nia, played by Kristen Stewart. With the help of Guy Pearce’s Jonas, Silas and Nia will try to escape oppression and express their love for each other openly.

I think that this movie has cool dystopian futuristic ideas. I really do like the post-apocalyptic dystopian genre, and often times I think it makes for an interesting world where it’s relatively easy, given that it is done well, to put yourself in that world, and movies in this genre are good at taking the audience away from the real world, which is something I love about movies. I thought that this movie had some interesting ideas in this world, and the way that the sci-fi elements captured the world was actually pretty cool. I have to say that this movie did have a different feel. This is something I’ll talk about later in the review, but overall, it did have pretty original feel to it. I also thought that Nicholas Hoult and Guy Pearce were good in the movie. I think Kristen Stewart was almost able to play to her stereotype of being emotionless in this movie because the role, character, and premise all call for lack of emotion, so she worked for me in this movie for the most part.

I have to say that I did not particularly care for this movie. For me, I know that the idea is to portray a world without emotion, but I didn’t feel the human element in this movie, so it didn’t give me anything to connect to. I thought that Hoult and Stewart both did a great job when they finally got to show emotion, and I didn’t think that the movie was lacking in the idea of the characters breaking through and finding their emotion, but I found it really difficult to connect to Equals. I did think that the movie was extremely dull and flat, and as I said, I didn’t feel the real human connection in this movie. I had a little bit of a hard time buying the relationship between Stewart and Hoult because it was almost like they both decided to be together solely based on the fact that they were humans. It was almost like when kids decide to be friends. “Hey there. You’re a kid. I’m a kid. Let’s be friends and drink juice together.” There were no standards for their relationship. It just kind of happened. Finally, I promised I would get back to how different this movie is. It’s very original, but at the same time, it felt like I had seen it before. There weren’t any lines in this movie I hadn’t heard and nothing super ground-breaking. At the same time it felt extremely different, let’s take a couple recent movies as examples. If you clash the science fiction elements of Ex Machina with the dystopian love story of Divergent, you have Equals. It seems like the same thing that a lot of people are saying about a new movie called Swiss Army Man. I have heard that it is Cast Away meets Weekend at Bernie’s, yet it’s not like either of those movies. That’s how I feel about this movie. It is Ex Machina meets Divergent, but it’s not like either of those movies.

Overall, I didn’t really care for this movie. I don’t think it’s going to be a huge massive hit or even a cult hit, but I did think it was pretty interesting in some aspects. I thought that all of the actors did a good job in their roles, but again, it’s nothing that’s going to surprise you from any of these actors if you have seen any of their other movies because I don’t think that it is their best work. I didn’t get the human connection I wanted from this movie, and while I think it’s different, there isn’t much that you can’t get in multiple other movies. It doesn’t make sense, but maybe if you see this movie it will make a little bit more sense. I’m going to give Equals a 4/10.

Are you going to check out Equals? It will hit theaters July 15th, so if you get the chance to head to theaters and check it out, let me know what you thought! This week I also reviewed Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates and The Secret Life of Pets. If you would like to check out my review of Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates you can click right HERE, and if you want to see my review for The Secret Life of Pets you can click right HERE! I should have reviews for Ghostbusters, Lights Out, Ice Age: Collision Course, and The Infiltrator next week, so be sure to stay tuned for all of those, and as always, thank you, and keep listening to 88.7 The Pulse!

PHOTO: Equals

About Justin Lyons

Hey, it’s Justin Lyons! I am the Chief Film Critic for The Pulse. Have any questions for me? Please feel free to email me at movies@pulseradio.fm