USA | 2015 | 101 minutes | Drake Doremus
In a future utopian society where crime has been eradicated through human genetic manipulation, two young worker drones (Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult) find themselves afflicted with the “disease” of emotion and are forced to go on the run.
Welcome to the Collective, a post-apocalyptic, utopian society where crime and violence have been eradicated through the genetic elimination of human emotion. Romance, and even touch, is forbidden, and anybody caught coupling or showing any modicum of sensation is considered infected with SOS (Switched-On Syndrome). If they cannot be cured via DNA manipulation, the most aggressive sufferers are apprehended and sent to the mysterious location known as “The Den.” Such penalties wear heavily on Silas (Nicholas Hoult, Mad Max: Fury Road) when he catches sight of Nia (Kristen Stewart, The Twilight Saga), a co-worker at a large corporation that deals in speculative nonfiction. Will treatment cure his ills? Can he contain his passion? Would he even want to? And what of Nia, who is more able to hide her burgeoning evolution? Co-starring Guy Pearce (Memento) and Jacki Weaver (Animal Kingdomn), featuring stunning production design (the film makes excellent use of Japan and Singapore as visual backdrops), and boasting a hypnotic ambient score by Dustin O’Halloran and Sascha Ring, Equals considers the sacrifices society makes to achieve order in the aftermath of disaster and its ultimate effect on what we consider human.
Drake Dormeus is well known for his films Like Crazy (2011), which won the Grand Jury prize at Sundance, and Douchebag (2010), which was in the Dramatic Competition the previous year. In the past, he’s also taught at the Orange County High School of the Arts.
Sponsored by Lagunitas Brewing Company, SmartSource Rentals, CTI BioPharma
|Principal Cast:||Kristen Stewart, Nicholas Hoult, Guy Pearce, Jacki Weaver|
|Running Time:||101 minutes|
– May 28, 2016 AMC Pacific Place 11 9:00 PM
– June 2, 2016 Lincoln Square Cinemas 9:20 PM
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