"Equals," which had its public premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in the middle of a mood-appropriately rainy Sunday, was written by Nathan Parker, who was also the credited screenwriter of the Duncan Jones film "Moon." In this case, it's Drake Doremus bringing Parker's words to life, and like Jones, I think he's working at a different level than the writer. While I don't think Doremus was quite as successful as Jones, in both cases, I think the films work in spite of their scripts, not because of them.
If you haven't seen "Like Crazy," you should. It's the best film Doremus has made so far, and it seem to encapsulate everything he does well. It's a pretty simple contemporary story with lovely performances from Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones. Since then, both of his lead actors have headed for deep space, Yelchin onboard the ongoing voyages of the Starship Enterprise and Jones as a rebel spy in the upcoming "Star Wars: Rogue One." I would not have guessed, based on his earlier work, that Doremus was inclined towards science-fiction, but sure enough… here he is with the story of a society where emotion is not just illegal, but has been medically bred out of humanity.