It’s Denzel Washington kicking ass and taking names. In other words, it’s awesome. Have we seen him do this type of film before? Yes, many times. That doesn’t make it any less fun and entertaining. The smooth and, often times, visceral film style of director Antoine Fuqua and Denzel’s leading man qualities (that he seems to display so effortlessly, I might add) have accumulated into two high quality collaborations. The first was the powerful and gritty Training Day, that resulted in a well-deserved Academy Award for Denzel in 2001. Now, thirteen years later, they are back at it again and while it won’t be as critically acclaimed it is still another example of quality film making from both of them.
Much like Liam Neeson has done in the more recent years of his career, Washington has taken to the more action packed roles. Unfortunately a few were rather forgettable films like Safe House and 2 Guns, among others. While those titles are not the most substantial, since his ultimate aim is simply to entertain then in that light they are mostly a success. While The Equalizer isn’t light years ahead of his previous projects in the same genre, it is more memorable. Revenge films just seem to have a certain staying power; maybe it’s something we all wish we could do, to some extent at least. The Equalizer hits all the typical action/revenge plot points but it does so with immense style and just enough grit to make viewers cringe in delight. It’s familiar and that works out just great this time around.
Robert McCall’s past is something he wants left right where it is, in the past. But as he inevitably realizes, “You gotta be who you are in this world”. And much like Captain Ahab, McCall comes face to face with his greatest adversary late in his life. As he sees injustice being committed against a friend he can’t allow it to go on further and steps in. What he initially thought were common, small-time thugs he soon learns are well connected in the Russian Mafia. Luckily McCall’s past is something that prepared him for situations exactly like this, and so despite facing such a daunting combatant he never flinches. He knows what he must do and no one is more equipped to get the job done. Sure, the Russian Mafia is scarily powerful, but in this equation they aren’t in the win column.
The Equalizer is violent, visceral and exactly what you might expect. This is essential for any Denzel Washington fans. He’s doing what he does and if that‘s okay with you (it certainly is for me) then The Equalizer is action packed fun. It’s most certainly not for all ages though. Maybe bring the kids, I don’t know; it might make them grow some facial hair or something else manly. Discretion is left to the viewer on that one. Anyway, if the trailer interested you then I would recommend checking it out. A fun and violent action film starring the esteemed Denzel; that’s a winning combination if you ask me.
Rated R For: strong bloody violence and language throughout, including some sexual references
Run Time: 131 minutes
After Credits Scene: None
Starring: Denzel Washington, Chloë Grace Moretz, Bill Pullman, Marton Csokas
Directed By: Antoine Fuqua
Out of 5 Nerdskulls
Story: 3/ Acting: 4/ Directing: 4.5/ Visuals: 4
OVERALL: 4.5 Nerdskulls
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