Watch a New Trailer for Sci-Fi Indie "Equals" Starring Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult

Thursday, 11 February 2016 - 11:14AM
Thursday, 11 February 2016 - 11:14AM
Watch a New Trailer for Sci-Fi Indie "Equals" Starring Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult
Drake Doremus's Equals is about to add to the "emotionless dystopia" oeuvre, which may or may not be necessary, but a new trailer showcases universally praised performances from Nicholas Hoult and Kristen Stewart:

Equals takes place in a futuristic dystopian society in which emotions have been genetically suppressed in the entire population, until a "disease" begins bringing latent emotions back. Hoult and Stewart play Silas and Nia, two people who have been "infected" and need to hide their condition, and their burgeoning relationship, to the government.

I don't really know what to think of this movie. On the one hand, Doremus has experience depicting complex romances, after his acclaimed films "Like Crazy" and "Breathe In." And the film received mixed reviews at the Venice Film Festival, but some critics loved it, and even the critics who hated it praised the performances. Across the board, critics described the film as a hybrid of Romeo and Juliet, The Giver, and THX-1138, which could be incredibly derivative or incredibly interesting.

Here's the official synopsis:

Opening quote
SILAS (Hoult) lives in a future society called The Collective. The inhabitants of this modern world are a new breed of humans called Equals. Equals are peaceful, calm, fair, and polite. Life in The Collective is perfect; there is no greed, no poverty, no violence, and no emotion. The Equals go through life perfectly serene, disturbed by nothing. But a new disease is threatening everyone: SOS, or Switched-On-Syndrome, is activating in its victims everything they thought they'd escaped: depression, sensitivity, fear, love. Once a person is overtaken with SOS, they are sent away to The Den, and never seen again. Nobody says it, but everyone knows: The Den is where people go to die. When Silas is infected, he becomes an outcast, but he notices one person who seems to understand what he's going through. NIA (Stewart) has feelings, but she seems to be able to hide them. Only Silas has noticed that she's different. When he confronts her, they discover a connection that quickly takes over everything. They feel love and intimacy for the first time in their lives. They try to stay away from each other, because the risk of detection is too great, but the pain of being apart is even worse than the pain of living in secret. The only way for them to insure their survival is to escape. But who will help them? Where will they go? With their feelings overtaking them and their love visible to anyone they meet, how can they possibly escape undetected?
Closing quote

Equals has been acquired by A24 Films for distribution. It doesn't have an official release date yet, but is set to come out sometime this summer.
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