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Holding Back From Human Emotions

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Imagine a society where people could not hug, hold hands, have extensive touching, or even look at each other for too long. The world that Nia and Silas live in is exactly like that. The government has genetically taken away any human emotions for the “safety” of its people. What would you do if you had fallen into a forbidden love in a society like this?

First, if you’re interested in utopian societies, shocking occurrences, and romance, then Equals is the movie for you! The setting for Equals is in a future place where everyone is kept in a selected area. Basically all of their decisions are made for them and they cannot argue. People in Equals grew up with doing this so it isn’t peculiar to them; however, Silas has a nightmare. In their society, nightmares never happen because that is a sign of emotion and they genetically destroyed that at childbirth. Like any normal person in this society, he went to the doctors to find out what was wrong with him. The doctors had told him that he had come down with the symptoms for SOS (switch on syndrome). This means that his genetically modified genes are on and he can feel emotions now.

Silas’ new found emotions come in rushes and attack him like an enemy. He doesn’t know what he is supposed to do and he cannot handle it on his own. Then he meets Nia, a smart and shy kind of girl, and takes interest in her. In a society where love is broken and illegal, how will he cope as the feelings start to rush to him? How will he express his feelings without anyone knowing?

Second, I loved this movie. It had action, suspense, and romance. The movie was also utopian society based which, in my opinion, is the best type of society for movies. In a utopian society, much more excitement exists than in regular movies. My favorite part of the movie was most likely when Silas found out that he had SOS and instead of trying to hold his emotions back and take the medication to get rid of it, he decided to pursue Nia and ask her about her emotions too.

Finally, I would say that viewers should be at least 13 years and older to watch this movie due to mild language, fights, and adult situations, but other than that it is a great movie. You could watch this movie with friends, significant others, or just by yourself!

Showing human emotions is just a way of life. Silas and Nia never grew up around the kinds of emotions we do. How do you think you would react if you were in that type of society?

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2 Responses to “Holding Back From Human Emotions”

  1. Katelyn Schreckenghaust on November 20th, 2018 7:55 am

    This sounds like a very interesting movie. I liked how you described what was going on with the characters without spoiling the movie. I also liked how you included the question at the end to allow people to imagine what this society would be like. Great article!

  2. Brooklynn Fye on November 23rd, 2018 8:51 pm

    I want to watch this movie now! Everything you described with intriguing detail makes me want to sit down and watch this movie. You did a great job explaining everything.

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