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In a Fascist future where all forms of feeling are illegal, a man in charge of enforcing the law rises to overthrow the system.

Release Year: 2002

Rating: 7.6/10 (128,245 voted)

Critic's Score: 33/100

Kurt Wimmer

Stars: Christian Bale, Sean Bean, Emily Watson

In a futuristic world, a strict regime has eliminated war by suppressing emotions: books, art and music are strictly forbidden and feeling is a crime punishable by death. Cleric John Preston (Bale) is a top ranking government agent responsible for destroying those who resist the rules. Whe he misses a dose of Prozium, a mind-altering drug that hinders emotion, Preston, who has been trained to enforce the strict laws of the new regime, suddenly becomes the only person capable of overthrowing it.


Christian Bale

John Preston

Dominic Purcell


Sean Bean


Christian Kahrmann

Officer in Charge

John Keogh


Sean Pertwee


William Fichtner


Angus Macfadyen


(as Angus MacFadyen)

David Barrash

Evidentiary Storage Officer

Dirk Martens

Gate Guard

Taye Diggs


Matthew Harbour

Robbie Preston

Maria Pia Calzone

Preston's Wife

Emily Siewert

Lisa Preston

Emily Watson

Mary O'Brien

In a future where freedom is outlawed outlaws will become heroes.

Release Date: 26 February 2003

Filming Locations: Berlin, Germany

Box Office Details

Budget: $20,000,000


Opening Weekend: $541,512
(8 December 2002)
(301 Screens)

Gross: $5,359,645

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


Despite popular belief, absolutely no wires were used in the film at all. All of the gravity-defying stunts were done through conventional means. For example, the backflip off of the motorcycle was done with a trampoline.


The cut on Preston's lip towards the end of the movie changes size during several of the scenes.


[first lines]

In the first years of the 21st century, a third World War broke out. Those of us who survived knew mankind could never survive a fourth; that our own volatile natures could simply no longer be risked. So we have created a new arm of the law: The Grammaton Cleric, whose sole task it is to seek out and eradicate the true source of man's inhumanity to man – his ability to feel.

User Review

One of my favorite imperfect films.

Rating: 7/10

I know it's stupid to believe that a futuristic society is dumb enough
to believe that the mere existence paintings, poems and sculptures can
somehow lead to WW4.

I know there's a statue as well as stylish architecture in the
headquarters of the people who ban artwork.

I know it's stupid to assume that a culture based on taking a drug
every morning is not a very secure or feasible idea.

I know it makes no sense for a culture with no emotions to still be
able to fall in love, choose a spouse and desire sex to create

I know half the people that Preston attacks are just standing there
doing nothing while they wait to get their ass kicked.

I know the sets look cheap.

I know it's stupid that the "police" seem to die because their helmet
glass breaks, when they'd probably be smart enough to have
shatter-proof, if not bullet-proof plexiglass in the first place.

I know there's no reason random citizens would sit in a square to watch
a guy on a big screen giving a speech, re-enforcing what the characters
already know.

I know it paints a stupid picture of characters with emotion as looking
like long-haired Gothic slobs who do nothing but sit in rooms with
paintings and LP records and poetry books all day.

I know the emotionless characters express emotions and crack facial
expressions when they're probably not supposed to.

I know Gun-Fu doesn't make much sense as to its practicality.

I know this film is an inspired rip-off of "Fahrenheit 451", "1984",
"THX-1138", "Brazil", and "Blade Runner".

…………….But I love it.

Although it's a mish mash of every "man vs. futuristic oppressive
society" film ever made, it manages to pull it off as good as some of
its inspirations.

The film's story and message is clear.

The action is fresh, original, readable and gets the adrenaline

The atmosphere is clearly defined.

The production design is inspired.

Christian Bale and Emily Watson are superb.

The ending is satisfying.


*More power to Wimmer and Bale! I look forward to "Ultraviolet" and
"Batman Begins".