Antoine Fuqua knows how to get the most out of Denzel Washington. Their last collaboration, “Training Day” was brilliant and Denzel walked away with an Oscar. Is “The Equalizer” that good? No, but it is a monster of a film. Think of it in the vain of “Taken” but turned up to 11. Revenge for pure noble purposes with characters the audience can truly get behind.
The violence is chilling but is done in a way that serves the purpose of the story. Denzel plays a former (SPOILERS) CIA badass Robert McCall who has escaped the madness of killing for a living and is bent on living a calm sedentary life. Then here comes Teri (Chloë Grace Moretz ) a teen with dreams of a better life but is owned by the Russian Mob. When Teri’s pimp decides to make a bloody example out of her McCall steps into action and quite literally kills everyone in on his way to getting revenge for his friend.
The main villain Teddy (Marton Csokas) is awesome, except for one awkward stretching scene (if you’ve seen it you know). What is great is that not even the awesome psycho mercenary dickhead Teddy is a match for McCall it takes nearly an army to match his badassery (that’s a word look it up).
The visuals are gritty, dark, and simply fitting for the story being told. The pace is quick yet you get all the details necessary to understand the storyline. I was thoroughly entertained. Did I walk away with some existential questions about life? No, the movie did get 59% on Rotten Tomatoes obviously the critics aren’t jumping over this film but the audiences 83% of them simply adore the film. Why? Because it’s FUN! It’s gritty, awesome, and all that is man. Boom, bang, and pow. Loved it. I’ll give the flick an 8 out of 10.