Main Plot Points:
- In The Equalizer, Denzel Washington plays McCall, a man who believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life. But when McCall meets Teri (Chloë Grace Moretz), a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can’t stand idly by – he has to help her.
- Armed with hidden skills that allow him to serve vengeance against anyone who would brutalize the helpless, McCall comes out of his self-imposed retirement and finds his desire for justice reawakened. If someone has a problem, if the odds are stacked against them, if they have nowhere else to turn, McCall will help. He is The Equalizer.
What We Thought:
- The Equalizer is another solid film from Denzel Washington and Director Antoine Fuqua. There are very few combinations better than Fuqua/Washington going today.
- Shot in Boston, Boston plays a big element in the film (despite being completely inaccurate but I’ll get to that in a bit). You see The Zakim Bridge, the waterfront, Charlestown, the docks, everything you expect in a Boston flick.
- At this point in time Denzel has mastered these roles. There aren’t many better than Denzel and he makes it look so damn easy. Even at his age, you never at any time think he isn’t capable of doing anything he’s doing. We all know Denzel is the man and this proves he still has it.
- This is the film I was expecting from A Walk Among the Tombstones. Liam Neeson has been doing similar movies, but where that one lacked action, The Equalizer brings it. The shoot out at the end is balls out and Fuqua uses an amazing score to fully pull you in.
- There’s just enough story to keep you riding along. Just enough characters and plenty of Denzel. If you like his films (especially with Fuqua), you’ll like this.
- The biggest negative to me most people won’t even recognize. I’m from Boston. I also work in Boston film so I know where they shot this movie. Unfortunately it’s one of the most geographically inaccurate Boston films ever. There’s scenes on the Blue Line, the Red Line, on buses, in Charlestown, in Everett, in Methuen, in Chelsea yet the movie makes it seem like you can get to all these places in 10 minutes and that they all connect together. Spoiler, they don’t. If you aren’t from here or don’t know the area, it won’t even matter to you.
- The Equalizer is good, but I didn’t think it was great. I’d watch it again and I’ll watch the sequel. There’s some things I didn’t like about it (I’m not a huge fan of stop motion effects and someone please teach Marton Csokas how to hold a gun properly), but for what it is, it’s worth seeing. It will probably open number one, should do well and the sequel that’s already been green lit will probably get started in a year or two.
Notable Cast & Crew:
- Denzel Washington
- Chloe Moretz
- Bill Pullman
- Melissa Leo
- Director Antoine Fuqua
Recommended if You Like:
- The Equalizer (TV Show)
- Man on Fire
- Denzel Washington
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