To celebrate the fact that Equilibrium was released on this day in 2002, we give you a short list of some of Christian Bale’s films.
In Empire of the Sun he plays the young Jamie Graham. A film about Japanese occupation during World War II, not really as light hearted as you would expect from the description.
Swing Kids features a bunch of kids that fight against the Nazis influence through jazz and swing dancing. That’ll show the fuhrer.
Velvet Goldmine recounts the impact that glam rock had on young Londoners. A great film from Todd Haynes the director of Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story.
In American Psycho Christian Bale plays the psychopathic Patrick Bateman. A fantastic film that shines a light on the materialism of the 80s, and the massive amounts of cocaine that was ingested nasally.
Equilibrium is a mixture of Fahrenheit 451 and The Matrix but it’s good enough to stand on its own. If you watch this film you will develop a very unhealthy appreciation for guns.
In The Machinist he plays the gaunt Trevor Reznik. A man haunted by his past and not really by anything that would resemble food.
Rescue Dawn features Christian Bale as the fighter pilot Dieter Dengler who was captured by the North Vietnamese during the Vietnam war. He’s doing his best to escape but damn it if there isn’t all of the jungle to get through before safety.
There have been many iterations of the Terminator franchise but this one featured Christian Bale, which is why it’s on this list. A story of the eternal fight between man and SkyNet.