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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
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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: 52 out of 71
  2. Negative: 14 out of 71
  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. Oct 8, 2014
    9
    Why is everyone saying this movie is a cliche??! I am not saying this isn't one. I am asking why is everyone surprised that it is? The movieWhy is everyone saying this movie is a cliche??! I am not saying this isn't one. I am asking why is everyone surprised that it is? The movie plot (Like many other action movies) is about one tough guy fighting the wrong and helping the right. So when I watched this movie, I wasn't going for the "great" movie script. I was going for bad ass action, explosions, and super cool killing scenes. Don't go to this movie if you are excepting it to be different from the hundreds of other action. Because the equalizer is exactly like all the other action movie, where the bad guy dies and good guys win. This movie isn't suppose to be original, it's suppose to be kick ass and look cool. And it has delivered that purpose. Expand
  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. Mar 1, 2015
    7
    Reasonably entertaining action film with a competent performance from Denzel Washington. I feel I must comment about the astonishingly badReasonably entertaining action film with a competent performance from Denzel Washington. I feel I must comment about the astonishingly bad performance by Marton Csokas as the principal villain. Not since David Harewood in Homeland have we seen such truly appalling acting. Marton Csokas is suffering from ANTS - Absolutely No Talent Syndrome. I fear Mr Csokas will soon be working at the home supply store we saw featured in the movie, though I doubt he would be effective there either. 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. Oct 6, 2014
    6
    A recent cinema-going of Denzel Washington’s latest thriller directed by Antoine Fuqua, the man behind his Oscar-crowning good-cop-goes-badA recent cinema-going of Denzel Washington’s latest thriller directed by Antoine Fuqua, the man behind his Oscar-crowning good-cop-goes-bad turn in TRAINING DAY (2001, 8/10). But that is only a one-off bait for his Oscar consummation. As one of the most consistently bankable actor in Hollywood (at least in the domestic market), Washington’s good-man card never fail his audience, bar his sortie in portraying an ambiguous character as a drunken pilot garners him another Oscar-nomination in Robert Zemeckis’ FLIGHT (2012, 7/10). So this reunion is more or less commercial-oriented than an ambitious art-house attempt as Fuqua has established his status as the Hollywood go-to action journeyman after producing profitable outputs like SHOOTER (2007) and OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN (2013).

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  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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