Set in a dystopian future where emotions are prohibited, labelled as a disease called SOS, the human race live a solitary existence, working and habituating in clinical environments.
When Silas (Nicholas Hoult) begins developing SOS, he starts having feelings towards fellow worker Nia (Kristen Stewart), who has been hiding her SOS, and the two begin a forbidden romance... only to risk being found out, reported, or worse.
The film commits to a cool cinematography throughout, casting blue hues and cold tones with the rare warm light, matched with a melodic yet droning soundtrack, mellow fuzzy transitions; a style that is consistent throughout, paired with a slow pace.
The choice of location was another well matched visual. Set in the heart of Singapore and featuring its contemporary architecture, such as the Henderson Wave, Marina Barrage and Reflections at Keppel Bay; they had their dystopian elements of modernism and clean lines.
Whilst many critique the movie for its slowness, there is merit in the pause of each frame as it holds the gaze of its core characters, captivating each sensuous moment. The journey of the two leads as they discover their emotions and feelings as well as each other gradually builds up and the pace quickly follows, evidence that this is in fact intentional.
Unfortunately, what happens at the climax and resolve is just too predictable, rendering the long wait slightly disappointing. Nonetheless, the last fifteen minutes was tense, tragic and beautiful all at the same time.
Kristen Stewart- Nia
Nicholas Hoult- Silas
Also stars Guy Pearce and Jacki Weaver.
Whilst panned for its slowness and predictability, Equals tells a tragic and moving love story set in a dystopian future with beautiful cinematography and soundtrack.
Despite its predictable resolve, the journey is gripping, held together by its two well cast leads. I personally rather enjoyed this mellow affair, but it's not for those with a short attention span.