An interesting and often overlooked film is Equilibrium directed by Kurt Wimmer and released in 2002 for a very limited theatrical release. The film’s production budget is estimated to have been $20 million, which is pretty meager by big studio standards, though there are several names attached to the project that have reasonable clout in Hollywood and thus were able to garner the money to make it. Most notably is actor Christian Bale, a talented actor, though not yet the superstar that Batman Begins made him into, and even after the release of that film, Bale is among the few high paid actors not swimming in Hollywood vanity and keeps a relatively humble profile. Actors Sean Bean, Emily Watson, Taye Diggs, Angus MacFadyen and Sean Pertwee are all relatively established names in the film and theatre acting world, though far from Hollywood superstars. Klaus Badelt composed the film’s unique score. Jan DeBont, who was first a cinematographer then director who shot to fame with 1994s thriller Speed, produced the film. Hardly an A-list series of names, though respectable they are… perhaps this can be explained when we look closer at the actual film that these people using their talents have created.
The film is science fiction and takes place sometime in the 21st century, it is not said exactly when, but from the opening narration we know that “during the first years of the 21st century a third world war broke out.” Mankind was left in ruins and the main culprit of this disastrous conflict was deemed to be “man’s ability to feel.” It was determined that our own “volatile natures” simply “cannot be trusted” and that human emotion, with symptoms of anger, hate, and greed is a disease that was rightfully eradicated. And a new form of law enforcement was put into place, the Grammaton Cleric, to ensure that the new human civilization called Libria would be safe.
I do not wish to go through the entire film scene by scene and I encourage the reader to actually get a hold of it. It’s pretty rare, any decent online source, retail or other, should work. I will, however, go over the themes that I think are very much anti-Zionist. These are not that hard to see, but what is really clever about the film is that is actually presents a degenerated form of Aryans. How? We’ll get to that shortly.
John Preston, the protagonist, is an elite law enforcement officer in Libria. In the beginning he executes his partner, Errol Patridge, who had started to see past the oppressive façade of Libria. Later he misses a required dose of the pacifying state mandated drug and himself begins to question his reality and eventually aids the start of a revolution.
Vice Consul DuPont, the highest government official that Preston interacts with and most likely a close aid of Father, who is rarely seen in public. DuPont acts as Father’s representative in most cases.
Father, the leader of Libria, who gives speeches from a protected booth in major city squares, but is most often seen on the many imposing monitors around the city.
Brandt, another elite law enforcement officer who becomes Preston’s partner after Partridge is executed.
Mary, a sense offender that Preston and Brandt arrest, and after missing his dose Preston slowly develops feelings for her. Through these brief interactions guised as interrogations Preston finds out what it is to be human.
Errol Partridge, an elite law enforcement officer and Preston’s partner at the start of the film. Preston executes him for reading a book of William Butler Yeats’s poetry.
Preston’s son and daughter. The boy is in training to become an enforcer like Preston and the girl looks like she is not dosing and thus confused and dissatisfied with life… we’ll get into why she is not given away soon.
Preston’s wife, appears in a flashback on the night of her arrest for sense offense. Desperately kisses her husband as she is dragged away, as far as is shown in the film, that is Preston’s earliest “feeling moment.”
Jurgen, a member of the underground resistance. He is on the dose so he can safely enter society and report to the underground members who are totally off the dose and thus unable to go to the surface. He tells Preston about the lie that has been perpetrated on humanity.
THE WORLD OF THE FILM
The world shown in the film is almost purely empirical and therefore un-Aryan. When the Gun-kata fighting style is described in a scene, it is said that the base of information that was used to create this combat technique was derived solely from video analysis of gunfights and the statistics that were drawn from them; meaning solely on experience, there was no real innovation involved, just persistent, though admittedly quite acute, observation.
This theme can also be seen when Preston drives into the city with Partridge at the very start, they are driving along wasteland and then come upon the city gates. Why would a civilization able enough to construct a massive city not clean up around itself? Because, this world has no will of creation or greatness or innovative drives, it is just configured to be convenient to live in. Only the immediate area matters.
The title that the elite law enforcers in this future world hold is “Grammaton Clerics” which means “Clerics of the Word.” The organization they serve in is called the “Tetragrammaton” which means “Four letter word.” In Judaism, that term is used as a substitute for “YHWH” – the main Jewish deity.
Thus, it is the Tetragrammaton YHWH that is behind the entire deception and oppression in the film. This is the key Aryan idea in understanding the film as from it most other things become clear. For instance, a “Third World War” was mentioned in the opening narration and that it was used as a pretext to create the society of Libria… now let’s look at a basic outline of how Zionists deceive the masses.
Summary of Zionist trick:
1) Promote a policy that they know most people are too degraded to successfully execute.
2) Blame the policy instead of the people for the failure, allow their agents to reverse the policy and thus gain public trust.
With this in mind it is not unreasonable to believe that it was the Tetragrammaton YHWH that engineered the war or the policies that led to it in order to be able to sweep in with the all remedies after the massive conflict had killed untold millions, and maybe even billions, of people.
Summary of Aryanist countermeasure:
1) Blame the people instead of the policy for the failure.
2) Make the policy work by gathering sufficiently capable people.
It is precisely this that the underground resistance movement is doing and Preston joins them, he uncovers his true inner-Aryan
The full article with the quotes above can be found HERE.
This is perhaps the most unsettling theme in the film. How can noble people be brought down while still retaining some of the characteristics that made them noble in the first place? The answer can be one of two things. Either the masses, after the war, were engineered to be strong and healthy, but passive by way of drug (like in Huxley’s Brave New World) in order to serve the elites; OR they were precisely degenerated from Aryanism and are kept in their limbo-like state with the drug. Note that Preston is very fit, clean, methodical and, at a glance, seems to be an Aryan, but the drug Prozium keeps a veil over his perception and he doesn’t see beyond the programming of his indoctrination. He is an Aryan kept at a mere empirical level; loyal and honest, but cattle.
This is a nightmare vision of a future in which Aryans failed to unite and were overpowered by the Tetragrammaton YHWH and made to serve it.
Notice that the main emblem seen flying throughout the film is similar to an Aryan Swastika as seen on the flag of National Socialist Germany. The whole city looks Art-Deco in style with Albert Speer motifs, but it is bland enough to obviously not have been made by Speer. This is a key part of the illusion that keeps the degenerated Aryans in servitude, they believe they are in an Aryan society. Interestingly, the film does not do the typical compare-the-baddies-to-Hitler-thing, or at least tries to minimize it, and succeeds to a degree.
In the opening narration, an image of Stalin is shown, as well as Saddam Hussein. The latter is understandable, given the political climate around the film’s production, and this was likely done as a nod to Zionism, a strategic concession on part of the film’s production. However, Stalin, shown first, is where we’d normally expect to find Hitler. Thus, the first image decidedly anti-Zionist and suggests Stalin was responsible for a war. Given the research made available on him since the fall of the USSR, this is a very interesting choice by the filmmakers to show Stalin as the strongest image of back-story menace. Hitler is shown later in the film, and in an even weaker image than Saddam Hussein, it is during one of the outdoor scene as Father is speaking and it is an image of Hitler from what looks like a NSDAP rally. Since we learn that Father’s public image is manipulated, this film also hints at the popular images of Hitler are also manipulated. Two sly hints, one about Stalin, one about Hitler and both agree with anti-Zionism. Most interesting, indeed.
Back to the film: when speaking with Mary, Preston is asked a key question about what he lives for… after thinking about it, or running through some key memory jogs, he blurts out a propaganda sounding message: “to safeguard the continuity of this great society.” Mary, the Aryanist, responds with the cold hard truth: “You exist to continue your existence.” She sees that society has been tuned to be purely preservationist.
Note that the Prozium dosage method resembles suicide by self-inflicted gunshot. The capsules containing the drug look like rounds in a magazine that are chambered into a barrel and injected with a trigger-like device. Symbolic suicide.
A question to ask: Is it possible in our real world, as depicted in the fiction of the film, to be able to break the Aryan will so precisely so that we the noble become slaves while thinking that we are still noble? Sadly, yes. The greatest indicator of this is the many White Nationalist groups and neo-Nazis that drive this possibility forward. They spout their hate speech, march around with swastika banners wearing cheap mock-ups of SS uniforms and all the while believing that they’re doing good.
THE METAPHYSICAL ARYAN DRIVE
The scene where Preston misses his morning dose of Prozium is some sort of anomaly. He places the capsule on the counter next to the sink, then splashes cold water on his face and dries up with a towel which he places on the counter but… the capsule he placed falls and shatters. How can a man trained to basically be a robot, a man with a nearly flawless service record for his whole life, a man so bound to routine that by now it must be forged deep into his subconscious, suddenly flub a basic everyday action? Preston even says that he never takes the capsule out until after he brushes his teeth, so it was not just the placing of the towel that was a change of routine, but the order in which he did a standard procedure. This anomaly, this out of place occurrence, is his true inner Aryan breaking out. He is slowly, first subconsciously, breaking the indoctrination of the Tetragrammaton YHWH.
Due to the fundamental nature of Aryanism stretching beyond the empirical, it is therefore impossible to fully suppress the Aryan will with purely empirical methods. The film shows that this suppression can be engineered in ways that greatly prolong it, but it is inherently impossible. This is also why Preston and his son, indoctrinated servants, don’t give away their kin, the girl mentioned before. Their family drive, despite conditioning, is strong enough to continue to maintain their family unit. This need was perhaps intensified after the mother was executed. Tetragrammaton YHWH, no matter how hard it tries, cannot break all the compassionate bonds of its servants.
As Preston stops taking his dose his world view slowly changes. One key scene is when he wakes up from a nightmare (dreams indicate thought and imagination), he frantically tears down the translucent film on his window and sees something he has never yet looked at directly before, the Sun. Why look at the Sun? Why didn’t his conditioning to get a replacement kick in after he broke his first dose? People dependant on drugs can get very impulsive and dangerous when they don’t take their fix. The answer is, once again, his inner Aryan. This being a film, a work of story and fiction, not all events that take place need to conform to our reality as symbols and metaphor are key to the art. The metaphor of Preston looking at the Sun is him for the first time seeing the enlightenment of the Swastika. Realistically, it would have probably just dawned on him as he woke up, but the film shows the event in a more poetic way, a scene with several metaphors at work that outline the themes being communicated throughout the film.
BITS AND PIECES
I do not wish to spoil all the detail of the story so that the reader can view the film and enjoy a real first viewing, but here are several things to keep an eye out for.
Sense offenders are said to be incinerated in a combustion chamber. The Tetragrammaton YHWH is exterminating its dissenters with industrial efficiency.
When arresting Mary near the film’s start, the still loyal slave Preston states “We’re the Tetragrammaton, there’s nothing we can’t do.” The scene of warrantless arrest suitably sums up the attitude of the Protocols of Zion and their thirst for power and control.
There are many hints throughout the film as to the deception that has been placed into society. Keep an eye on how major characters behave and what color schemes and music the film uses in those scenes.
Preston’s Dual Pistols that he is seen firing throughout the film sometimes display a Tetragrammaton logo as their muzzle flashes. Note key scenes when this happens, especially at the end.
A key traitor is killed in a symbolic way: they’re “unmasked.” Watch to understand.
Also there is a scene that heavily resembles Sergei Eisenstein’s Odessa Steps sequence in the famous film Battleship Potemkin. That film was used by the Soviet regime to demonstrate the cruelty of the Russian Czar as the Czar’s troops march abreast down a large stairway shooting innocents. The film glorified the Communist Revolution… however, in this film, it is the revolutionaries who do the shooting and the rank of soldiers tumbles down the stairs riddled with bullets as rebels run up past them. In true Aryan form they don’t run from their oppressor, but meet him head on. This is an Aryan Revolution.
REACTION TO THE FILM
One last thing of note is the criticism that this film received. Its fan base was, and still is to this day, largely on the internet. Most mainstream critics that reviewed it during its limited theatrical release panned it. IMDB forums were packed with supporters and haters. My guess is that the anti-Zionist themes, or at the very least, ideas incompatible with Zionism, were picked up sometime during production, hence the smaller than usual budget, limited release, and outside funding for the film; it was decidedly not a typical Hollywood nor even mainstream film.
Equilibrium IMDb page