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The Equalizer (2014)

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8/10: Denzel Delivers
Monday, September 29, 2014

Although he neither dons a mask nor fires silver bullets, Denzel Washington does virtually everything else that The Lone Ranger would in the Columbia Pictures' big-screen adaptation of the vintage television crime series "The Equalizer." For the record, CBS-TV aired 88 episodes of "The Equalizer" between 1985 and 1989. Acclaimed British actor Edward Woodward of "Becket" fame toplined this hour-long dramatic series as Robert McCall, a Good Samaritan vigilante who strode the mean streets of New York City. As a former operative with an enigmatic government espionage agency, McCall applied his skills both as a sleuth and a shadow to help desperate people who could turn to nobody else in their hour of hardship. Bespectacled, sophisticated, and erudite, McCall relied on his brains more often than his brawn. Nevertheless, he could surprise his adversaries with swift, physical action when required. Best of all, McCall never charged his woebegone clients a cent for his services. Now, a quarter...

3/10: Long, Dumb and not so Fun
Saturday, September 20, 2014

In 2003 while Denzel Washington was promoting his dumb but fun thriller Out of Time he gave an interview stating how it was nice to star in a film that didn't require him to do too much. Coming off the back of his 2002 Oscar win for Training Day, Washington didn't exactly sugar coat the idea that Out of Time was a pay check gig pure and simple. Since then Denzel's film choices have seemed littered with these quick cash movies. For every Man on Fire or Inside Man we get a Safe House or last year's forgettable 2 Guns. The Equalizer sees Washington re-team for the first time since 2002 with Training day Director Antoine Fuqua. Audience's hoping to see a return to form from the Training day duo maybe disappointed. The Equalizer feels like another pay check gig, it certainly is dumb it lacks any of the fun of Out of Time...

5/10: The Equalizer
Sunday, October 5, 2014

This film is based on the television series that starred Edward Woodward, the trailer for it certainly made it look entertaining, so I went to see it and hoped for the best, directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, King Arthur, Shooter, Olympus Has Fallen). Basically in Boston, Massachusetts lives Robert McCall (Denzel Washington), an obsessive compulsive Home Mart hardware store, he has befriended many of his co-workers, including Mexican security trainee Ralphie (Johnny Skourtis) who he is helping pass his exam, in fact Robert is a former black ops government operative who promised his recently deceased wife to leave his old life behind. Late at night he has befriended young prostitute Teri, real name Alina (Chloƫ Grace Moretz), when he sees her mistreated by her pimp Slavi (David Meunier) he is compelled to act and help her, her life has been destroyed since age five or six as a victim of sex trafficking by Russian Mafia and is now...

7/10: Gruesome at times, The Equalizer is a rewarding action film for every single Denzel Washington fan out there
Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Rooting for a badass hero with a kickass attitude has never been as satisfying as watching Denzel Washington dish out some brutal punishment. This is exactly what you get in The Equalizer, an action thriller based on the late 80's TV series of the same name, but amped up with ultra-violent realism.Reunited after their collaboration in Training Day, Washington (received his first Academy Award in a leading role) and director Antoine Fuqua are back in this simple yet deadly effective action film. Using a Mark Twain quote about people who find their true purpose late in life, Washington plays Robert McCall, a loner and tragic widower with a mysterious past. On the surface, he is an amiable home depot worker who keeps to himself, indulging in conversations only when spoken too, and slave to some sort of OCD while remaining invisible to people around him. After befriending a Russian teen escort called Alina, (Chloe Grace Moretz all...

6/10: Mostly atmosphere, zero story
Sunday, October 5, 2014

At the end of it all, I found this movie very boring. The story is old as dirt. The plot is so obvious that as soon as characters appear on screen one can identify, "He'll be killed," "She'll be kidnapped and used as bait," "Something bad's gonna happen to him," and my all-time favorite, "He's the innocent, likable guy introduced early then ignored for 90 minutes (so we'll forget about him), only to have him turn up as a hostage in the big showdown." And every prediction is spot-on.Example of bad writing: Two thugs walking up to a door. The last thing Thug 2 says to Thug 1 as they approach the door, "Whatever you do, don't call him Little John." Very next shot, inside the door, Thug 1 starts talking smack... and guess what he does? When the setup is literally 5 seconds earlier, we all see it coming. Give...

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