Preston barely got away with going off-drug.As soon as Preston stops taking Prozium, he starts acting emotional, rearranging his desk, rescuing puppies, and groping handrails. It seems like this is exactly the kind of behavior the police should be watching for, and Preston is hardly discreet. The only way this makes sense is if DuPont is quietly covering up his misbehavior. He's making sure the other clerics didn't come after him and that no one investigated that event where Preston killed a squad of officers over a puppy.
DuPont and the 'elite' of Libria don't take Prozium themselves.They're not even subtle with this. Everybody else lives and work in sterile, functional 'environments' with purely utilitarian furnishing, all identical. One of the primary duties of Grammaton Clerics is to seek out and destroy relic artwork, because it might tempt people to feel. And then we see that DuPont is a hypocrite who lives in a palace with statuary, paintings, priceless antiques, even silk wall hangings. We also see Brandt (Taye Diggs' character), DuPont's henchman, openly indulging in several emotional behaviors — pride, ambition, anger, even gloating. Then again, one of the classic perks of being an Evil Overlord is that rules are for other people, so it's not surprising that Libria turns out to be just another corrupt dictatorship where the leader and his chosen few hoard all the wealth and privilege to themselves - only this one also uses propaganda and drugs to make the masses not care about wealth or privilege. All DuPont and his cronies need to do is keep the masses ignorant of what their private lifestyle really looks like.
Prozium is the most powerful tranquilizer ever made.Xanax times ten, or a highly efficient SSRI.
Preston was being conditioned to go off his meds at the right window of time to infiltrate La Resistance.He was a high-level cleric whose wife was executed for an EC-10 violation. She had probably already gotten to his kids, and all they would have to do is trigger him to seek out the resistance after going rogue in a suitably eventful way that didn't kill more than a couple dozen of their people. The only reason he dropped the capsule in the first place was because of some trigger in the morning news, and he didn't get the capsule replaced because of the same. The Prozium makes people susceptible to such conditioning, as well as or because of suppressing emotion.
Clerics get shot all the time.The "don't be there" gun kata ability fails with a perfectly normal statistical rate, it's just that nobody
Prestion is a Time Lord.
The lie-detector technician is a sense-offender.
The Resistance was holding back.Every sense offender stronghold we see earlier in the film is taken down quickly and easily. They can't seem to hit even one damn Sweeper, the only ones that die are killed by Preston. Then at the end of the film the Resistance fighters take down whole groups of cops without any trouble at all. They were holding back anyone in their group who could actually fight and sacrificed the others (with or without their knowledge) so the government would think they had more of an advantage than they did. Also explains the problems with the Mona Lisa being on canvas etc: It's a fake. A good one, but a fake to throw to the Clerics and make them feel like they won big.
The plot is what happens when Marijuana is legalized.When it was finally able to be over-the-counter, everybody hit it...including philosophers and politicians. To a pothead, thinking everybody should be as placid as them seems like a good idea. With the current drug trade, a drug would be so potent to keep the subject as placid as heck before WWIII. And thus, when it actually hit the world, society's standards of art became so low that traditional art was not cutting it. And thus, the media war began. Eh, it's the only way to make sense of this movie full of Straw Vulcan.
Prozium and the Effectiveness of Gun KataIt's hard to imagine a drug that suppresses emotional responses not having other side effects. This made this troper think that one of the issues that Prozium has is not only an emotional suppressant, but a cognative suppressant as well. This could explain the effectiveness (And perhaps the need) for Gun Kata: It dulls the thinking process, so Gun Kata was created to give the Clerics a rote formula to compensate for the suppression of the imagination caused by Prozium. Conversely, it also makes people more vulnerable to Gun Kata, as the mind, dulled by chronic use of the drug, would have reduced reaction times and, due to the suppression of imagination, much fewer options considered, thus making the rote options provided by Gun Kata be a progression from the reduced options a Prozium-damaged mind could come up with.
Equilibrium takes place a very long time ago in a galaxy far, far awayEquilibrium is set in the distant past of the Star Wars universe. The Clerics (quasi-religious order of warriors who believe in suppressing emotion in order to ensure peace) are an early, evil version of the Jedi Order. The Sith began as a rebellion against the Clerics: compared with the emotionally suppressed soceity of Equilibrium, the Sith creed ("Peace is a lie, there is only passion. Through passion, I gain strength. Through strength, I gain power. Through power, I gain victory. Through victory, my chains are broken. The Force shall free me") actually seems quite reasonable.