MTV Review | The Equalizer
Denzel Washington is a DIY Superhero as he stars alongside Chloe Moretz in this action flick...
UK Release Date: September 26
Running Time: 131mins
Director: Antoine Fuqua
Plot: Mr. McCall (Washington) is a lonely Home Mart employee who leads a quiet existence reading books and drinking tea very late at night. But seeing injustice all around, Mr. McCall reluctantly revisits his old life as a special ops commando and becomes a refined sugar hating badass vigilante against Boston’s bad guys. When his friend Teri (Moretz) gets slapped around, McCall’s quiet life really is shattered when he seeks vengeance and really aggravates the American arm of the Russian mafia.
Best Scene: McCall tricking his way into a suspicious looking slaughterhouse. In between the bloody pig parts and tattooed Russians, he discovers a mother load of dirty Mafia money.
Best One Liner: “That hurt more than the beating,” grumbles a corrupt copper after he returns the swag money he had unlawfully taken from a little old Hispanic lady.
Date Movie or Mate Movie: There is so much testosterone, fighting and violent deaths in this movie that it would really ruin the romantic mood of a date.
Scene Stealer: The cold, calculated, Kevin Spacey looky-likey Teddy (Csokas) casually killing anyone who crosses his path as he hunts McCall who is really proving to be a royal pain in his Russian rump.
WTF Moment: Denzel just casually blowing up a huge Russian ship like it ain’t no thang!
Summary: This remake of the 80s TV show will be loved by the same audience who loved Taken, and Taken 2, and Taken 3 (released next year.) It’s a movie thin on plot but thick with action. Some of the action is gripping such as the finale in the Home Mart stock room and when Teddy and his cronies invade McCalls’ apartment.
Washington teaming up again with director Fuqua (their first hook up since 2001’s Training Day which won Washington an Oscar) hasn’t produced the same winning formula on this movie, which is basically a superhero movie with Washington playing a sort of DIY Batman to (Csokas’s) Joker (who doesn’t have a GSOH.) The Equalizer isn’t a bad movie; it’s just a very alright movie. The Equalizer = an alright use of your Orange Wednesday code.