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#TheEqualizer( English) Rating:* * * High impact weighty thriller drama with a stealth vigilante deadly force. Steadfast and serious, has charm and power in equal measure. #DenzelWashington powers it all. #SonyPictures #ColumbiaPictures #AnjaliMalhotra #DenzelWashington
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Johnson Thomas

Forceful thrills    

Film: The Equalizer
Cast: Denzel Washington, Chloe Grace Moretz, Marton Csokas, Andrew Farazi, Melissa Leo
Director:Antoine Fuqua


Rating: * * *

This adaptation is based on the 1980’s TV crime series of the same name, which had Edward Woodward in the title role. Antoine(Training Day) Fuqua reunites with Denzel Washington here, and brings that same moody, urban noir sensibility (he showcased so well in his previous outings with the star)to the treatment of this high impact action thriller.

‘The Equalizer’ is but a higher-end version of a comic book tale, acting as an origin story for a possible brand new franchise.
McCall(Denzel Washington) a former Black-Ops commando faked his own death in the hopes of living out a quite life in Boston. But it isn’t long before he is lured out of his self-imposed retirement by the plight of young under-age prostitute Teri(Chloe Grace Moretz)  who gets targeted by a syndicate of brutal Russian gangsters. So once he is in the thick there’s no room to move back into hibernation. He assumes the mantle of savior for the helpless from thereon-using his skills to wreak vengeance on the perpetrators of evil.
Denzel Washington takes his stealth vigilante role very seriously and lends a certain mystery and majesty to it’s portrayal on screen.  Washington’s Robert McCall exudes a serenity and calm while in hibernation but once on the go it’s the complete opposite. His McCall has the ability to pre-visualize a potentially explosive situation with precision, and consequently dispatch would-be assailants with swift, sharp often grisly violence. He also times his acts to the second. That makes the subsequent action all the more lethal looking. Don’t expect ‘Training Day’ histrionics though- because in this outing he is not expected to mouth much dialogue or express his motivations in words.

Fuqua lends latent energy to the narrative, well aided by beguiling camerawork by Mario Fiore - that lingers over Boston in moody evening sunset shots. That atmosphere is just the right set-up for the violence that follows.  Scriptwriter Richard Wenk’s slow-burn approach to thrills makes the events that much more weighty while Editor John Refoua punctuates it all with a carefully measured pace. Quite a humdinger this!

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