Tak3n stars, wait… wrong review. The Equalizer stars Denzel Washington, Marton Csokas and Chloë Grace Moretz (kind of). I went into this film knowing two things: (1) It looks like Taken starring Denzel Washington, and (2) it’s a documentary. However, upon further research I discovered this is not a documentary of the day and life of Denzel Washington. One out of two ain’t bad… Based off the 80’s TV show of the same name, The Equalizer recounts the story of Robert McCall, a book loving, people helping, ex-special force tough guy with a hero complex. Though the story is overall thin and convenient, it’s a wild ride with one of the best protagonist / antagonist pairings I’ve seen in awhile.
Denzel “my smile lights up the room” Washington plays Robert McCall. We know very little about Robert. He lives a life of solitude and routine. Over time he befriends Teri played by Chloe “yes I was Hit Girl” Moretz a young girl caught in a prostitution ring run by the Russian mob. After Teri gets in trouble with her handlers and is sent to the hospital, everything changes. Mild-mannered Robert McCall has had enough. McCall is a knight in a society where knights no longer exist. In other words he is going to dole out justice to those who have done his friends wrong. It is these times when Denzel is bashing heads and taking names that the movie really picks up. The action and violence in this movie is very stylish, well-shot and excellently choreographed. This includes scenes with Marton “Sociopath” Csokas’ character Teddy. Unlike a cuddly teddy bear, if you meet this well-dressed man you’re unlikely to walk away from the encounter. Teddy is the guy the mob sends to cleanup messes and re-institute order by any means necessary. As the body count rises through an ever intensifying cat and mouse game, Teddy and McCall are on a collision course that climaxes in a very cool action sequence. Who will win? Well, you probably know, but it’s fun to watch anyways.
I had two main issues with The Equalizer. Firstly, the storyline with Chloe Grace Moretz’s character was nothing more than a means to an end and held very little emotional weight. In fact, halfway through the movie I thought “why is he killing all these people again?” It wasn’t until the last fifteen minutes that I remembered. Perhaps my A.D.D. is to blame for that. The plot conveniences were also a little silly. Who is this man who knows three people who have terrible injustices fallen upon him at the same time he decides to go on a vigilante crime spree? That’s just bad luck… or maybe good luck?
Those complaints aside, I did enjoy The Equalizer. The dynamism between McCall and Teddy was very exciting. Both parts were very well acted, and the two characters served as perfect antagonists. Each were very skilled at what they did. This led to some very intense moments of dialogue and action. This is one of the best revenge action movies I have seen in awhile. However, I would not recommend it to many do to the level of violence and language in the film. Do not see this film unless you can stomach it.
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