132 Min | Action – Crime – Thriller | December 2014
IMDB Rating: 7.3
Director: Antoine Fuqua
Starring: Denzel Washington, Marton Csokas, Chloë Grace Moretz
The Equalizer Review: The Equalizer is not Man on Fire. The Equalizer is not your typical action flick. Washington’s Robert McCall is not self-destructive or addicted. Though there are great choreographed fights, special effects and fantastic explosions, The Equalizer is more Bourne than Bond. Denzel Washington portrays this ex-CIA operative, who is content to live a meticulously simple life. Quietly contained, but with ever-building intensity, Washington turns in another stellar performance. Chloe Grace Moretz, as the teenage prostitute, is a force. Antoine Fuqua, the directer who brought us Training Day, which earned Denzel his Best Actor Oscar, helms The Equalizer with a steady hand. His direction of the drama and the action blend seamlessly, drawing us into the complexity of this character-driven piece.
The Equalizer is based off the television series called “The Equalizer”. It is about an ex-CIA operative who uses his special skills to help ordinary people who have no other recourse. This movie version of The Equalizer is more reminiscent of Matt Damon’s Jason Bourne, and it is this that sets this movie above your typical action flick. In fact, in Mr. Damon’s own words, The Equalizer ” reminded me of the Bourne Identity, in that both are sophisticated adult, thriller franchises where the protagonists are capable of high-action exploits, but aren’t running around in spandex.” Directed by the great Antoine Fuqua, the man who brought us Training Day, The Equalizer is a gritty and violent, suspenseful and superb action film. This movie is very character-driven, and Denzel Washington, who plays protagonist Robert McCall, gives another stellar performance. His character lives alone, keeps to himself, and seems to suffer from some form of OCD.
The Equalizer gives you everything you would want from an action film, guns, explosions and great effects. However, the violence and bloodshed in this movie are deserving of it’s R-rating, and create this film’s authentic feel. The excellent performances by the cast are also what raise this movie well above your ordinary action movie. Team Washington/Fuqua gives us a darker hero for darker times, and one you will cheer on every step of the way! Robert McCall keeps to himself, content to live his ordinary life, he is every man’s man. But, his steady moral compass, and strong sense of justice lead him back into the fray. This character is not infallible, and he is not looking for trouble. He just wants what’s right. The Equalizer is a superbly acted, exciting and violent ride. In the pursuit of justice, there will be blood. But this time, you’ll be rooting for the good guy, loved every minute of it.