The Equalizer
Title: The Equalizer
Release year: 2014
Country: United States
Director: Antoine Fuqua
Stars: Denzel Washington, Marton Csokas, Chloë Grace Moretz
Rating: 4/5

A man who believes he has put his mysterious past behind him cannot stand idly by when he meets a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters.

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2023-08-31

“The Equalizer” is a 2014 action thriller film directed by Antoine Fuqua and starring Denzel Washington in the lead role. The movie is loosely based on the 1980s TV series of the same name. Washington plays Robert McCall, a former black ops operative who fakes his own death to live a quiet life in Boston. However, when he encounters a young prostitute named Teri (Chloë Grace Moretz) who is being abused by Russian gangsters, he can’t stand idly by and decides to use his deadly skills to help her.

The film follows McCall as he takes on the Russian mob to protect Teri and seeks justice for her. As he goes after the gangsters one by one, he uses his intelligence, combat skills, and resourcefulness to outwit and eliminate his enemies. Throughout the movie, McCall’s mysterious past and skillset are gradually revealed, adding depth to his character.

“The Equalizer” received mixed to positive reviews from critics. Denzel Washington’s performance was widely praised, with many noting his ability to command the screen and bring depth to his character. The action sequences were also highlighted for their intensity and choreography. However, some critics felt that the plot was somewhat formulaic and predictable, adhering to the familiar revenge thriller tropes.

The film’s pacing, visual style, and action scenes were often lauded, as Antoine Fuqua’s direction injected a gritty and tense atmosphere into the story. The movie’s depiction of violence was particularly notable, as McCall employs creative and often brutal methods to take down his adversaries.

Overall, “The Equalizer” is a solid action thriller that relies on Denzel Washington’s charisma and strong performances, as well as its well-executed action sequences. While it might not break new ground in terms of storytelling, it offers an engaging and satisfying cinematic experience for fans of the genre. If you enjoy vigilante justice stories with intense action and a charismatic lead, “The Equalizer” is worth a watch.

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