Denzel Washington becomes The Punisher in this brutal action flick!
Thanks to Roadshow Films we had the chance to see Antoine Fuqua’s ‘The Equalizer’ before its Australian cinematic release. This is our review of the film, but – as usual – no matter what we say, we recommend that you still go to your local cinema and see the film because there is no better critic than yourself!
‘The Equalizer’ follows Robert McCall (Denzel Washington), an introspective man who works at a local hardware store. McCall’s daily routine after work involves reading books late at night at a local diner, where he usually talks with Teri (played by the always great Chloe Grace Moretz), a young girl who dreams of becoming a singer. Sadly, in order to survive she is forced to work as a prostitute for a Russian pimp.
McCall’s calm personality starts to change when Teri stops showing up at the dining. He discovers she was beaten up badly by her Russian employer, due to which she was hospitalized with serious injuries. Still, Robert McCall remains diplomatic and offers Teri’s boss to buy her freedom. However, when the Russians decide to turn his request down by making fun of him, McCall unleashes his dark side: the former special agent takes down all the aggressors with his bare hands (and a cork screw) in a perfectly skilled and timed fight.
As a consequence, McCall becomes a vigilante who helps victims of crime & corruption, without suspecting that he has now become the target of professional hitman (Marton Csokas) who was sent by the Russian Mafia to investigate.
‘The Equalizer’ finds ‘Training Day’ director Antoine Fuqua re-teaming with his Academy Award winning star Denzel Washington. However, the film is far from being a new ‘Training Day’, as its more like a brutal mix between Washington‘s ‘Man on Fire’ and Fuqua’s 2013 popcorn flick ‘Olympus Has Fallen’, with extreme graphic violence, stunning action scenes and a strong mysterious lead character that carries the weight of the entire film.
Purists might complain ‘The Equalizer’ lacks the emotional substance from previous Denzel Washington films, yet this two hour long film does sort of start out as a drama, however it ends looking a lot like ‘The Raid’ during the last hour, something that action lovers will truly enjoy 100%. Moreover, Denzel Washington never loses his quality and his “poker face” while taking down enemies at a Hardware store (seriously after watching the film, your trips to Bunnings will feel different!), proving that he doesn’t need to be a part of “The Expendables” to be a badass action hero by himself.
Despite some plot holes regarding McCall’s origins, ‘The Equalizer’ is an enjoyable ride, that will probably follow Liam Neeson‘s steps in the Taken-saga by becoming a new franchise, and the first one starring Denzel Washington as an action-hero, that could easily be compared with Marvel’s iconic anti-hero The Punisher.
The Equalizer – In cinemas September 25