The Equalizer

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Based on the late 80’S television show by the same name, Antoine Fuqua directs a more violent film titled The Equalizer. Robert McCall (Denzel Washington) is a well-liked loner who works at a hardware store and minds his own business. That is until a young call girl named Terri (Chloe Grace Moretz) is severely beaten by Russian mobsters and sent to the ICU at a local hospital. Unknown to everyone, McCall is an ex-intelligence agent and when he visits Terri in the hospital he quietly vows revenge. He visits the Russian gang and offers them $9400 to let her go free, but they refuse saying she is worth much more than that – so McCall kills each them in different ways. He then uses his weapons and tracking skills to find the heavily tattooed mob boss Teddy (Marton Csokas). Yes, you can guess what happens, but McCall is very creative. (He actually didn’t need weapons just a drill, a torch, barbed wire, and a nail gun.) Okay, lets cut to the chase. This film isn’t going to win any awards but with Denzel Washington in a revenge driven movie -who cares. I’m not sure why Washington is loved by both the men and women but he knows how to bring some humor and energy to this film. I was looking for Washington to deal out vengeance but my wife said she doesn’t care what he does in the film he just looks great. (Hmmm, maybe I should shave my head?) In the original television series, Edward Woodard played McCall who tried to help people with their problems with very little violence and the show actually had some drama. There is no drama here but plenty of action, blood, deaths, and did I say multiple ways to kill people? It doesn’t take a blind critic to see flaws in this movie, so let’s just sit back and enjoy our guilty pleasure. I’m giving this revenge film a B- rating.

This movie has been given an R rating by the MPAA