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Characters: Equilibrium

John Preston (Christian Bale)

  • The Ace: Considered this amongst clerics.
  • Badass Longcoat
  • First Time Feeling: Hits him hard, not least because, at the time, he's found and is listening to an old vinyl album of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, one of the most tremendously moving pieces of music ever produced by the human species. Even the script describes this introduction to human emotion as 'unfair'. (But it does a lot to explain his subsequent actions.)
  • Guns Akimbo
  • The Gunslinger
  • The Hero
  • Man in White: In the climax.
  • Offhand Backhand: Pretty much any shot Preston makes falls under this trope, since Gun Kata eliminates the need to actually aim.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Minus the "roaring" part.
  • Showy Invincible Hero: The director finds it boring when the villain "gets a few good licks in" on the hero because he has no intention of subverting audience expectations with a Bad Guy Wins ending, and thus, there's no point in making it seem like the villain has an advantage at all when the result is a foregone conclusion. He does acknowledge that not everyone likes this approach. And yet, for all Preston's physical invincibility, he turns out to be incredibly emotionally vulnerable.
  • The Stoic: After starting as one, he quickly turns Not So Stoic as he struggles with having and hiding emotions. He even suffers a Heroic BSOD, but becomes The Stoic again before the final battle.
  • Tranquil Fury: Four words: "No. Not without incident."
  • Unwitting Pawn

Mary O' Brien (Emily Watson)

Andrew Brandt (Taye Diggs)

Errol Partridge (Sean Bean)

DuPont (Angus Macfadyen)

Father (Sean Pertwee)

Jurgen (William Fichtner)

Seamus (Dominic Purrell)


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