Howdy people, time for me to give you my mini review on The Equalizer. From the time I saw the trailer for this film I knew it was something I was going to watch and it was purely based on Denzel Washington’s involvement. So how does the end result fare? Well, read on and find out!
The story can be described as the following:
“Robert McCall is a man who believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and has dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life. But when he meets a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can’t stand idly by – he has to help her.“
I thought the story was good for the most part. I thought from the trailers that the story would revolve around Denzel’s character being friends with Chloë and then avenging her after she gets beat up by the Russians, but there was a lot more to it than that. We get to know Robert a little a bit and there were a good few people involved with the guy when it comes to his friends and enemies. Plus the scale of the story expands a lot further than I thought and to that degree I felt like the film went on a bit too long, especially towards the end when it really went from being a thriller and changed into something resembling a comic book film. The ending really took me out of the film’s normal tone and was totally setting up for a sequel and while that could work, I feel like that would work better as a TV series kind of thing. This film is more of a “one and done” kind of thing.
When it comes to the performances it was all pretty good for the most part, but in the end the only person you’re interested in is Denzel Washington and luckily he does his job just fine as Robert McCall. Robert is a man who comes across as the nicest guy ever when in the company of other people, but he is also very particular and accurate about the way he lives his life and you can see that he is a man who also has a strong sense of justice and will do things on his terms to help people in need. The guy is a badass, he’s not only really smart and methodical, but he can not only mess someone up with hand-to-hand combat, but also knows how to handle guns and can turn most objects into weapons. And while we’ve seen cool men in action thrillers before, Denzel performs with a sense of style and coolness that only he could pull off, this film is primarily about him and Denzel sells the character well.
Marton Csokas as Teddy was pretty as well, while his character was painted as one of those standard “silent but deadly” kind of bad guys, I feel like Csokas performed in a way that made me believe that he was an aggressive and no-nonsense kind of man who was very smart and diligent about his work. Csokas made for a pretty cool bad guy and I would like to see him in more roles like this in the future. As for Chloë Grace Moretz as Alina/Teri she was fine, in a way this role could have been played by any actress, but I feel like I cared for the character more just because I knew it was Moretz in the role. And lastly, it was nice to see appearances from Melissa Leo and Bill Pullman as Brian and Susan Plummer.
So in conclusion The Equalizer is a good film with a great central performance from Denzel Washington, it is a bit generic and goes on a little longer than it should have. But I cannot deny that I had a lot of fun watching Denzel being a badass and dishing out the pain with a sense of style and charisma that only he can pull off.
So have you seen the The Equalizer and if so what did you think of it? Be sure to leave your comments below and I’ll see ya on the next film review yo 😀