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  • Summary: McCall (Denzel Washington) is a former black ops commando who faked his death to live a quiet life in Boston. When he comes out of his self-imposed retirement to rescue a young girl, Teri (Chloë Grace Moretz), he finds himself face to face with ultra-violent Russian gangsters. As he servesMcCall (Denzel Washington) is a former black ops commando who faked his death to live a quiet life in Boston. When he comes out of his self-imposed retirement to rescue a young girl, Teri (Chloë Grace Moretz), he finds himself face to face with ultra-violent Russian gangsters. As he serves vengeance against those who brutalize the helpless, McCall’s desire for justice is reawakened. If someone has a problem, the odds are stacked against them, and they have nowhere else to turn, McCall will help. He is The Equalizer. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 41
  2. Negative: 4 out of 41
  1. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Sep 25, 2014
    100
    The Equalizer is gripping, mysterious and even sometimes moving, but it’s never pleasant, still less fun. If you decide to go, don’t claim you weren’t warned. If you skip it, you’re missing one of the year’s signal works of superior Hollywood craftsmanship.
  2. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Sep 25, 2014
    75
    The Equalizer is silly but irresistible, taking situations of inherent gut-level impact and exploiting them for every bit of emotion and tension. It could never have been a great movie.
  3. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Sep 26, 2014
    75
    Director Anton Fuqua has jettisoned almost everything related to the TV series except the title, the main character's name, and the bare-bones premise. Even the theme song is gone. For all intents and purposes, The Equalizer isn't so much a reboot as it is an entirely new entity.
  4. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Sep 26, 2014
    60
    There's a soothing catharsis in the idea that good guys are every bit as capable as bad guys of raining hellfire down on their enemies.
  5. 50
    There’s a special kind of hell for artists who array vigilante revenge-porn in saintly garb, and Denzel Washington and director Antoine Fuqua should go to the front of that damnable line after The Equalizer.
  6. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    Sep 7, 2014
    50
    Ponderously overlong and not even half as much fun as it should have been, The Equalizer still gets a lot of mileage out of Washington’s unassailable star presence.
  7. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Sep 24, 2014
    20
    The Equalizer is a stone-dumb movie.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 43 out of 58
  2. Negative: 11 out of 58
  1. Sep 28, 2014
    10
    I wish the world had a bunch of equalizers. Yes, sometimes you must do something bad for good to win. Very strong message, amazing how DenzelI wish the world had a bunch of equalizers. Yes, sometimes you must do something bad for good to win. Very strong message, amazing how Denzel acts with his eyes and it looks like Chloe is building towards a strong future in acting. Expand
  2. Sep 26, 2014
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This is the best R rated action movie in a LONG ass time period (or full stop as we say in NZ). I'm assuming that the haters don't like action movies..? If so then don't watch action movies!

    This movie has it all (as an action movie), that nice slow pace intro, the older retired from (spoiler alert?) "service" guy, that ass kicking first reveal or his skill scene etc. Add the really good cinematography, good soundtrack, not over bearing score and Denzel's charm and you get what this is...a near perfect Action Movie.
    Oh and the Villain is a Kiwi too....so that's bonus points lol
    I never give perfect 10 rating...but I am tempted with this movie and I may have if the last 10 minutes or so weren't slightly off.
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  3. Oct 10, 2014
    8
    An excellent thriller in the retired-spy-becomes-vigilante genre, AKA Taken. Based on the 1980s TV show with the same theme, except in the TVAn excellent thriller in the retired-spy-becomes-vigilante genre, AKA Taken. Based on the 1980s TV show with the same theme, except in the TV show the spy is a stuck up old British guy and in the movie it's an old black guy who works at Home Depot and hangs out with bums. That is sort of the most unbelievable part of the movie, that this dumpy old bald fart that looks like somebody's dad, could be so agile with Spiderman reflexes.

    If you suspend your disbelief that far, the movie is actually really entertaining because its got that Max Paine, bullet time, stop action effect. The hero is sort of this invincible Flash. Also, the bad guys are a bunch of low life Russian mobster illegal alien pimps, the kind of villain you love to see getting whacked. Luckily, there are goodly supply of them to be terminated. The head villain is an ex-Spetsnatz contract killer psychopath who looks and talks like Kevin Spacey and is oddly named "Teddy". Basically it's the return of Kaiser Soze.

    The most annoying thing about the film is all the time spent on "character buildup" in which the Equalizer does community service trying to help his loser buddies at Home Depot. Super spy donates charity time to pathetic wannabe security guard. Its just incredibly stupid United Way stuff that just has you taking bathroom breaks until the killing starts again.

    Another oddity of the film is director Fuqua's obsessive cinematography. You always know you are in trouble when the director starts taking control of the camera. There are more shots of Denzel Washington's eyeball than you will ever want to see in your lifetime. You will also get electron microscope closeups of other obscure parts of his anatomy such as his septum, his thenar, etc. In retrospect the overkill on the art shots is not too bad, but it definitely makes the film more "interesting" at a certain level.

    Part of the fun of the movie is The Equalizer getting stuck in situations no ordinary person could possibly survive, so you are like, "I wonder how he is getting out of this one" and he always has these cool MacGiver solutions to the situation.

    Overall, a pretty entertaining film.
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  4. Dec 15, 2014
    7
    this movie was normal is good to see for one time but the soundtracks was amazing also denzel was using the cold weapons for kiling the enemythis movie was normal is good to see for one time but the soundtracks was amazing also denzel was using the cold weapons for kiling the enemy that was the only diffrent of this movie Expand
  5. Oct 10, 2014
    7
    It sure entertains you and the character is pretty badass, even if at some point the question "why the **** would he do that?" struggle toIt sure entertains you and the character is pretty badass, even if at some point the question "why the **** would he do that?" struggle to find an answer Expand
  6. Dec 13, 2014
    5
    The Equalizer is shriveled in plot; where it is mundane and salvaged. Denzel Washington is the 10 of this movie, and is desperately trying toThe Equalizer is shriveled in plot; where it is mundane and salvaged. Denzel Washington is the 10 of this movie, and is desperately trying to deliver fun action, he succeeds always. Expand
  7. Sep 26, 2014
    0
    Chloe Moretz did so many remakes movies i lost count, maybe we see Liam Neeson in The Equalizer 2, and Denzel Washington in A Walk AmongChloe Moretz did so many remakes movies i lost count, maybe we see Liam Neeson in The Equalizer 2, and Denzel Washington in A Walk Among the Tombstones 2 Expand

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