in a fascist future where all forms of feeling are illegal, a man in charge of enforcing the law rises to overthrow the system.
dir.: kurt wimmer
action / drama / sci-fi / thriller
christian bale as john preston
emily watson as mary o’brien
taye diggs as brandt
- in certain scenes, the muzzle flash of the pistols and rifles fired by the clerics and guards will reveal the tetragrammaton insignia.
- tetragrammaton (translation: “word with four letters”), is actually a word used in judaism in reference to the name of god. “yhwh”.
- grammaton cleric wristwatch used in the film is an android alien watch with a black face, no maker name on the dial.
- the film was not given a wide release because it had already run into profit as a result of overseas sales, and miramax didn’t want to risk turning a money maker into a loss.
- the inspiration for the cityscapes and the design of libria come mainly from the works of hugh ferriss, an early 20th century conceptual artist.
- the “kendo”-type swords used during the sparing scene were designed specially for the film and are turned wood which broke quite easily during filming because christian bale and taye diggs were really whacking each other with them.
- writer and director kurt wimmer invented the martial arts style of gunfighting for this movie in his backyard.
- despite popular belief, absolutely no wires were used in the film at all. all of the gravity-defying stunts were done through conventional means. for example, the backflip off of the motorcycle was done with a trampoline.
- originally, the drug prozium was named librium (hence the term “people of libria” as often referred to throughout the film). however, librium turns out to be a registered trade name for the anti-anxiety drug chlordiazepoxide. the name was quickly changed to prozium, a sly combination of prozac, and valium, which both have calming effects.
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