'Equals' is equal parts boring and unrealistic.
Despite boasting a trailer that promises heart wrenching grief, action, and depth, Equals fails profoundly on every single count and succeeds only in putting its audience to sleep.
Directed by Drake Doremus, Equals is a dystopian movie that portrays a community of people living under the rule of an unknown government that basically turns its people into robots.
It is unclear how this community came to be, but the people seem fairly content to live a structured life where every tiny detail is planned for them.
SILAS (LEFT) AND NIA (RIGHT) SHARE A MOMENT AT THEIR OFFICE WHILE TRYING THEIR BEST TO REMAIN INCONSPICUOUS.
Silas (Nicholas Hoult) and Nia (Kristen Stewart) live in this community where a disease likened to cancer, called Switched On Syndrome (SOS), plagues its citizens. When a person contracts SOS, they start developing emotions and crave for love and human touch. Basically, everything a normal human being needs to stay sane.
However, it is not clear why love is considered a disease, and why the community is fighting so hard to find a cure for SOS.
After both Silas and Nia got infected with SOS, the couple fall in love with each other pretty quickly. Unfortunately, their relationship is forbidden by the rules of their society.
To avoid being locked up in an institution that will attempt to cure them through extreme methods, the pair have to be careful and secretive with their relationship.
Filmed against a gorgeous landscape that largely included iconic Singapore locations, I found that the only interesting bits were when you could see the familiar architecture of the Henderson Wave, and the picturesque Marina Barrage. (Yes, I felt really proud to see my country featured in a Hollywood film.)
SILAS HAS A HARDER TIME KEEPING HIS EMOTIONS IN CHECK AND HE HAS TO SWITCH JOBS.
Another saving grace for Equals was the chemistry between Nicholas Hoult and Kristen Stewart. The actors successfully portrayed the raw emotions Silas and Nia experienced as they grieved over their love and eventual heartbreak.
Unfortunately, the dynamic duo was overshadowed by the weak storyline.
IN TYPICAL KRISTEN STEWART FASHION, SHE DELIVERED A POIGNANT AND RAW PORTRAYAL OF A STAR CROSSED LOVER.
There were many plot holes in the story. It was all about physical love and rules that made no sense.
In a way, Equals was trying too hard to copy dystopian movies like The Giver or Divergent, but those movies had strong storylines that one could easily understand. While Equals seemed like one of those deep, indie movies that make you think for ages, you will be disappointed to find that it was just a glorified puddle of mush.
In short, Equals dragged an incredibly predictable plot and turned your classic Romeo and Juliet love story into a mockery that had me bored to tears throughout the 102-minute movie.
If I were you, I would rather splurge on the sale H&M is having this weekend than spend money on a movie ticket for Equals.
Equals (rated NC16) opens in cinemas today.