- One line, above all:
Preston: No... [*polygraph flatlines*] Not without incident.
- Just about every fight Preston gets into radiates awesome but the winner is easily his fight against Chancellor DuPont. At a range of two feet.
- And just before that when he slices off Taye Diggs's face.
- And just before that when he goes into a gunfight against a bunch of Mooks. Tosses two magazines into the hallway. Goes in guns blazing. Empties the first pair of mags, bends his wrists, and gets new magazines from devices in his sleeves. Empties them. Sticks the guns down on the two things he threw out, which were magazines weighted to stand up straight. Empties them. Drops the guns and grabs a dropped assault rifle. Kills the rest of the Mooks. Drops the assault rifle. Walks into the office, gets surrounded by Elite Mooks with katanas. Takes one from one of them and kills them all with it. That's something like 30 kills, all with four individual weapons, only two of which he walked in with.
- Actually five, if you count the scabbard he took off a mook, deflected a sword with at the perfect angle to sharpen the scabbard, and then impaled two mooks on opposite sides of him - one with a sword, one with the aforementioned sword-holding outfit accessory.
- In the Hall of Mirrors, he fluidly flips an assault rifle several hundred degrees in the air and starts firing, a shot of the film from within the office depicting him standing amongst the bodies still holding the rifle afterwards.
- When he's surrounded in the end in DuPont's office and being taunted at the same time, but there's a close up of his face displaying a confident half-smile before he brutally massacres the mooks. He knows exactly what he's doing and he's determined to see it through, practically laughing in the face of danger and the bullshit that DuPont is saying. Now that's badass.
- The moment when John Preston, his dedication to the current order visibly wavering, finally makes up his mind. He looks up, determination in his eyes, and hits the barrels of the guns pointing at him. The guns spin in midair, he grabs the handles, and blasts the mooks in the heads (that shot of him holding the guns is one singular moment of awesome). That moment is the definition of awesome, and the (short and brutal) fight that follows only augments the awesomeness.
- Favourite confrontation. Best part: the somersault off the motorcycle, simultaneously shooting two sweepers opposite each other while he was upside down in the air. Even better: No strings were used in the entire movie. This stunt guy used a trampoline for this scene.
- Made all the more awesome in that it was all for the puppy.
- Actually, no, it wasn't all for the puppy. If he would not have killed them, they would have gone back and reported his sense crime to their superiors. Yes, he did a sense offence BECAUSE of the puppy, but that's not why he killed the mooks.
- Can we take a minute to appreciate that two children who appear to be under ten fooled a cleric specially trained to detect emotion into thinking they were still medicated?
- Let's just say that the entirety of Equilibrium's soundtrack is awesome, because of how well it sets that dark, tragic mood, alongside a few tracks that have a religious choral backing. Not to mention an all-out kick-ass action part, specifically near the end.