Reviewed by David Savage
Starring: Denzel Washington, Chloe Grace Moretz
Directed by: Antoine Fuqua
Running time: 132 minutes
Format: DVD / Blu-ray
Release date: 26 January 2015
Nearly 30 years after the television series aired The Equalizer is back in a new movie starring Denzel Washington as Robert McCall.
Robert McCall is a retired intelligence officer now living in Boston and earning his living working in a DIY store. He seems to be a quiet, mild-mannered man who is friends with all his colleagues and is helping Ralphie train to become a security guard.
While unable to sleep at night he goes to his local all-night diner to drink tea and read a book where he meets teenager and budding singer Teri/Alina (Chloe Grace Moretz) who has been forced into the sex trade by the Russian Mafia. When she turns up in the hospital very badly beaten McCall decides to act and tries to buy her freedom but when that fails he kills Slavi and his 4 henchmen in their office in under 30 seconds using their own weapons against them.
Needless to say, the Russian’s are upset that they have been attacked so send their feared enforcer to find and kill anybody responsible. This is the start of war between McCall and the Russian’s and starts him on his path to becoming The Equalizer.
Overall I found Denzel Washington as Robert McCall and The Equalizer absolutely brilliant and was definitely an excellent choice for the role Edward Woodward made his own. This is not a remake of the classic television series but has been retold and shows how McCall becomes The Equalizer after retiring from the intelligence world with his aim to help every day, normal people who have a problem that no one can, or is willing to, help them with.
While in this version McCall doesn’t have the money and resources of the original it is very well done of the shady spy turned good guy vigilante.
As this film shows the period after retiring and promising his now dead wife that he will leave his old life behind, McCall is portrayed as a meek, mild-mannered loner who has a very strong belief in right and wrong and justice, so viewers who remember McCall as a slick, cold and violent man might be in for a bit of a shock but this is just the beginning into his transformation into The Equalizer.
An excellent retelling of a brilliant television crime drama where McCall takes on corrupt policemen, armed robber and the Russian mob and exacts his own brand of justice with plenty of action.
Odds against you? Nowhere to turn? Call The Equalizer
RRP: £9.99 (DVD), £12.99 (Blu-ray)
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