The Equalizer (15)

Denzel Washington is a shop assistant turned vigilante in this ridiculously violent remake of the 80’s TV series. And with the shitstorm that he’s about to let lose I don’t imagine he’ll be getting employee of the month any time soon.

Former black ops commando Robert McCall (Denzel Washington) faked his own death so that he could live a quiet life in Boston. He thought he had put the part of his life behind him. But when he meets a young girl named Teri (Chloë Grace Moretz) who is being controlled by ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can’t stand idly by – he has to help her.

McCall comes out of his self-imposed retirement to rescue Teri and as he serves vengeance against those who brutalize the helpless, his desire for justice is reawakened.

Like a corny superhero movie but with more brutality and cheesy one-liners, if someone has a problem, the odds stacked against them, and nowhere else to turn, McCall will help. He is The Equalizer.

There’s a soothing catharsis in the idea that good guys are every bit as capable as bad guys of raining hellfire down on their enemies. What isn’t so enjoyable though is realising that The Equalizer is one of the worst movies Washington has ever starred in.

Based on the premise of the 1980’s TV series, The Equalizer movie reboot from Olympus Has Fallen director Antoine Fuqua and his Training Day leading man Denzel Washington may not be the non-stop action thrill ride you were expecting. What you get instead is a moody and violent action-drama with under-developed characters.

The movie tends to lose focus and meander a lot mid-way through when it really should be fleshing out the finer points of its protagonist instead. Riddled with plot holes and bad performances The Equalizer is a disappointingly dull movie. Even Moretz who normally kicks butt in her movies has had her sass watered down.

Normally I’m a fan of Washington, I mean he rarely picks a bad role, but he really didn’t need to bother with this movie, or 2 Guns for that matter. Bring back the Washington we saw in Training Day, Man on Fire and Inside Man I say. Back then he was worth the ticket price.

By Ruth Walker
★★☆☆☆

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