EQUALS (2016) Review
Directed by Drake Doremus
Its stylish cinematography looks good for its futuristic story. Equals may be simple in its approach with its romantic sci-fi story but it really is hard to not be bored by its overlong and more than enough silent scenes. But the film is interesting and it’s a bit original.
Equals is a small story in a big world that’s about to get bigger. It is kind of personal for the characters once they get to feel something, it’s experimental in a way that you get to watch the characters discover something new in them and in others. Maybe its unusual treatment isn’t for everybody, maybe it could have been more active in delivering its story but director Drake Doremus chose to make it subtle, silent and let it ends as if it wants to scream for its message.
Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult both delivered what their characters need to show. They both managed to bring out the numbness the character needs at the start and gradually reveal their emotions as the story progresses. It’s not the most ideal way to interpret what the story needed to express to the audience but it ended strong. Though not as strong as the story it was built from.
2 OUT OF 5 STARS
“Equals” is now showing in Philippine cinemas nationwide from Pioneer Films. Rated PG by the MTRCB.