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Equilibrium offers our culture an epic not to be taken lightly With anintriguing combination of Orwells 1984 and Bradburys Fahrenheit 451Equilibrium gives a scary but plausible future for our world As anepic this movie illustrates some of the most important values of ourculture has an overarching lesson and provides a hero who undergoesthe heros journey It also deviates from the traditional epic byproviding the storyline in a much shorter amount of time than is usualfor epics However the movie possesses epic themes and characters thatgive it the qualities to be held in as high esteem as The Matrix The first makings of Equilibrium as an epic come in the form of theheros journey In Libria the inability to feel has created a worldwhere there is no war or violence There is also no happiness or loveChristian Bales character John is the highest form of law enforcementand in charge of arresting sense offenders This background isimportant in his role as the hero because it gives a reason for why hecan do what he does the same way Gilgamesh being two-thirds god isreason for him to do what he does When John accidentally forgets hisdose of Prozium and begins to feel he gets his call to adventure butis reluctant to accept his journey at first This call differs from thetraditional epic in that it comes from reality itself telling the heroto rid himself of the illusion he has been under This happens similarlyin The Matrix The hero is too shocked at first to accept his role WhenJohn does though his experience of emotion is an intense look at thehuman condition and the things society takes for granted such as loveand simple happiness He undergoes tests such as figuring out how tomanage his newly acquired feelings without seeming suspicious to hischildren his ever watchful partner or others It is interesting to seehis experience with each new emotion because he feels all of them totheir fullest extent but he
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