In this dystopian knock-off fusion of The Giver and Equilibrium, Nicholas Hoult (who has the range of a tablespoon) and Kristen Stewart (who has the range of a teaspoon) star as two people in a whitewashed (yes, literally the whitest imaginable in every conceivable way, since the future apparently doesn’t have colour or people of colour) world where nobody has feelings. All people do is work and go home to their sterile dormitories, sleep in their colourless rooms, eat bland, seasoning-free food, and send their white, androgynous clothing off to be laundered.
Silas (Hoult) and Nia (Stewart) become infected with a “disease” that makes them have feelings, which are illegal and thus must be reported immediately. They don’t report the feelings (duh) and instead spend their time illegally sharing their feelings in feverish, rambling conversation, having incredibly awkward sex. Silas expresses emotion through very long, uncomfortable staring into his partner’s eyes, while Nia looks simultaneously tortured, heartbroken, and constipated.
Soon, the two discover that they’re not the only ones harbouring illicit emotions and the film picks up as they fight to avoid detection, stay alive, and stay together. Equals, like it’s much, much better predecessors, is a lesson on how all things are best in moderation, and that a lifetime of being deprived has the power to consume a person.
I give this one 3 stars.