The Equalizer (2014)
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.
One of the most extraordinary films you will see this year. Take that as you want.
It's simply great fun, a winsome film and an occasionally over-the-top luxury fantasy that never flags.
After playing with our expectations, this turns out to be a very different sort of film.
If you like to be scared, if you like to laugh, and if you like to learn a thing or two at the movies, this absolutely cannot be missed.
As a fan of the TV series I was disappointed that this bears little resemblance to it's source material. That isn't to say this is a bad film. In the series Edward Woodward fed up working as an agent gave it up, but wasn't willing to let his expertise go wasted. He took out an ad to help those in need. He occasionally had help for former colleagues. He lived in a nice apartment. Drove a Jag. The very city of New York was almost a character unto itself. The Robert McCall Denzel plays him more like Liam Neeson in the Taken series. I guess my big problem is once again Hollywood has taken a property with name recognition. I enjoy this film for what it is, but I would still love to see a faithful adaptation of The Equalizer.
Great movie until the last 10 minutes - DW further solidifies himself as one of the all time great actors - if ending was more plausible I would have rated it a 10. Fist fight in store would not have happened and Robert couldn't just hang out in the diner after these events. But even with a weak ending it was very good - looking forward to the sequel.
There is no bigger fan of Denzel Washington than yours truly. Dude is just great at his job. When a person's chosen profession is to portray other people than yourself, it's going to require a lot of studying. Or maybe just a lot of common sense. I think almost anyone with enough nerve can probably do some acting. All you have to do is watch how other folks do things in normal circumstances , and imitate them. Yeah right... Denzel does every personality known to man in the most convincing way. From the super dork, to the cerebral peace keeper, to the slightly deranged family man, to the lovingly hateful detective. I like real stuff in movies. The kind of thing that is actually possible for me or someone I know to witness on a given day. The ONE MAN ARMY kinda movie is not really in that realm. I mean does anyone actually have an affiliation with a person like this? Please tell me where these people live. Hollywood has always done a good job of making Marvel comic heros seem to be normal. They make Gotham city and Metropolis look like everyday cities that just happen to have a dude in tights flying around saving days like kids save baseball cards. But I believe this should type of movie has its place. A place for anyone other than D.W. I don't know. I just think he's above this kids stuff ...stuff that just CANNOT HAPPEN.
Just watched this movie! One of the BEST movies I have ever seen. I LOVED IT! Can't wait to see the Second one in a few weeks!!