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Movie Review: The Equalizer

6 October 2014 9:01 PM, PDT | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

The Equalizer was an espionage television series that aired for four seasons on CBS from fall 1985 to spring 1989. It starred the late English actor Edward Woodward as Robert McCall, a middle-aged retired intelligence officer with a mysterious past who used his skills to help people who were in trouble. The show took elements from popular spy films and private investigator shows and mixed them with gritty realism and violence. Now there’s a new feature film version of The Equalizer, starring Denzel Washington as McCall and helmed by Antoine Fuqua, who directed Washington to his Best Actor Oscar for Training Day (2001). But despite the talent involved, The Equalizer ultimately never rises above being a solid but standard action thriller.

Robert McCall (Denzel Washington) is a man who believes he has put his violent past as a government operative behind him and dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life. But »

- Timothy Monforton

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Marton Csokas Is More Than Just ‘Equalizer’ Bad Guy – His Big Year Working With Top Directors

3 October 2014 2:23 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Marton Csokas is a 20-year veteran of Hollywood, but 2014 proved to be a banner year for him, having key roles in three films that opened atop the box office. Csokas has spent the past two years working with Antoine Fuqua on “The Equalizer,” in which he goes head-to-head with Denzel Washington; Darren Aronofsky on “Noah,” in which he plays Russell Crowe‘s father Lamech; and Marc Webb on “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” where he plays Dr. Kafka. Csokas also worked with Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller on “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For,” where he plays Eva Green's husband. »

- Jeff Sneider

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The Maze Runner! The Equalizer! – Watch this week’s Us Box Office Chaps!

30 September 2014 10:18 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Flickering Myth co-editor Oliver Davis and film boffin Sam Winchester discuss the Us Box Office Top 5 from the weekend 26-28th September, 2014, casting their English eyes across the pond!

The movies discussed are The Maze Runner (Dylan O’Brien), Dolphin Tale 2 (Morgan Freeman), The Boxtrolls (Simon Pegg), The Equalizer (Denzel Washington) and This is When I Leave You (Jason Bateman) – but in what order!? Find out in this week’s episode…

If you haven’t subscribed to Flickering Myth’s wonderful YouTube channel, you well should. It’s lovely.

Here’s a bit more information on the films discussed at the top of the Us Box Office…

The Maze Runner

…features Dylan O’Brien (Teen Wolf), Kaya Scodelario (Moon), Will Poulter (We’re the Millers), Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Game of Thrones) and Aml Ameen (The Butler).

The Equalizer

Denzel Washington plays McCall, a former black ops commando who has faked »

- Oliver Davis

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Movie Review – The Equalizer (2014)

30 September 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Equalizer, 2014.

Directed by Antoine Fuqua.

Starring Denzel Washington, Chloe Grace Moretz, Marton Csokas, David Meunier, Haley Bennett, Bill Pullman, Melissa Leo, David Harbour, and Robert Wahlberg.

Synopsis:

A man 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.

There’s a scene towards the end of The Equalizer where the stakes should be at their highest. The bad guy is about to kill an innocent man and, right on cue, in walks our hero, Denzel Washington. Water pours down from the sprinkler system overhead, he has a nail gun raised and poised to pull the trigger. The entire scene takes place in slow motion, the thunderous and obnoxious score blasts out, and I believe »

- Gary Collinson

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Box Office Results: Denzel Dominates with $35 Million Opening for The Equalizer

28 September 2014 10:26 AM, PDT | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

The last weekend of September was a good one for Denzel Washington as he reunited with Training Day director Antoine Fuqua for a new take on the '80s show The Equalizer (Sony), co-starring Chloe Moretz and Marton Csokas, which opened with a solid $35 million in 3,236 theaters. It averaged more than $10,000 per location and is the third biggest opening in Washington's career following 2007's American Gangster and 2012's Safe House. Laika Studio's stop-motion animated The Boxtrolls (Focus Features), featuring the voices of Ben Kingsley, Isaac Hempstead Wright and more, opened with an estimate of $17.3 million in 3,464 theaters (about $5,000 per location) while also taking in $17.7 million overseas in ??? territories for a first weekend total of $34.9 million. »

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New Equalizer Movie Delivered Great Action,Drama,Plotline & More

27 September 2014 7:01 PM, PDT | OnTheFlix | See recent OnTheFlix news »

Columbia Pictures (Sony) released their new action flick, "The Equalizer" into theaters this weekend. I just checked it out and thought it was way better than I originally thought it would be. It featured great action scenes, cool plotline, and lots of suspense. It stars: Denzel Washington, Marton Csokas, Chloë Grace Moretz, David Harbour, Bill Pullman, and Melissa Leo. In the new flick, character Robert McCall (Denzel Washington) is a middle aged, retired intelligent officer who believes he's put his Special Forces past behind him and dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life. However, he ends up meeting a hooker named Teri (Chloë Grace Moretz), who is just a young girl that's been under the control of a violent Russian gangster. And when she comes up nearly beaten to death, Robert just can’t stand idly by and do nothing. So, from this point, we see Robert taking out »

- Andre

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New Equalizer Movie Received Mixed Reviews From Major Movie Critics

27 September 2014 1:55 PM, PDT | OnTheFlix | See recent OnTheFlix news »

Columbia Pictures (Sony) released their new action flick, "The Equalizer" into theaters this weekend, and the top critics have submitted their reviews. It ended up pleasing roughly half of them, getting an overall 57 score out of a possible 100 across 41 reviews over at Metacritic.com. The movie stars: Denzel Washington, Marton Csokas, Chloë Grace Moretz, David Harbour, Bill Pullman, and Melissa Leo. We've included blurbs from a couple of the critics,below. Richard Roeper at the Chicago Sun-Times, gave it a nice 88 score, saying: "The Equalizer features some gruesomely creative violence, but it’s equally memorable for the small, gritty moments set in that diner, or on the rough-and-tumble streets of Boston. And most of all, it’s got Denzel going for it." Todd McCarthy from the Hollywood Reporter, gave it another nice 80 score, stating: " Ramping up his style to a more dynamic and elegant level than he’s achieved previously, »

- Derek

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Best and Worst of 'The Equalizer': Denzel Washington, Russian Mobsters, Melissa Leo

27 September 2014 11:55 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The great Denzel Washington is always worth watching, even in his lesser films. But he's at his best when paired with material that fully utilizes his singular star power. In 2001, Washington picked up a Best Actor Oscar for "Training Day" (he previously earned a Supporting Actor trophy for 1989's "Glory"), so it makes sense that he'd want to reunite with director Antoine Fuqua for another gritty action film. But does their new collaboration measure up? Based on the 1980s CBS series starring Edward Woodward, "The Equalizer" also stars Marton Csokas, Melissa Leo, Bill Pullman and Chloe Grace Moretz. HitFix's Gregory Ellwood and Drew McWeeny explore the Best and Worst of "The Equalizer," with some special references to Robert Downey Jr.'s "Sherlock Holmes" films and even "Home Alone."  Here's are list of the Best and Worst of "The Equalizer." Do you agree with our assessment? What did we forget to mention? »

- Gregory Ellwood and Drew McWeeny

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Second Opinion – The Equalizer (2014)

27 September 2014 9:50 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Equalizer, 2014.

Directed by Antoine Fuqua.

Starring Denzel Washington, Chloe Grace Moretz, Marton Csokas, David Meunier, Bill Pullman, Haley Bennett, Melissa Leo, David Harbour and Robert Wahlberg.

Synopsis:

A man 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.

Superhero movies still currently pack quite the mainstream appeal punch, and in many ways you can make a case that The Equalizer belongs on that list. It is also the interesting parallels to superhero films that make The Equalizer feel like something more than a shockingly graphic action movie where Denzel Washington takes vengeance upon every criminal in sight.  Now Robert McCall obviously doesn’t have any traditional super-powers, but he does have a special forces »

- Robert Kojder

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Sound Off: Antoine Fuqua's 'The Equalizer' - So What Did You Think?

26 September 2014 12:33 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "Got to be who you are in this world, no matter what." In theaters everywhere is The Equalizer, directed by Antoine Fuqua (of Training Day, Tears of the Sun, Brooklyn's Finest, Olympus Has Fallen), starring Oscar winner Denzel Washington as Robert McCall, a mysterious vigilante who takes on the Russian mob (and anyone who messes with him). The cast includes Chloe Moretz, Marton Csokas, Haley Bennett, Bill Pullman and Melissa Leo. Is it any good? Does it live up to the TV show it's based on? If you've seen it, leave a comment with thoughts on The Equalizer. Spoiler Warning: We strongly urge everyone to actually see the film before reading ahead, as there may be spoilers below. We also encourage all commenters to keep major spoilers from the film to a minimum, if possible. However, this is an open discussion from this point on! »

- Alex Billington

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Critical Mass: Denzel gets his hands dirty in 'The Equalizer'

26 September 2014 12:26 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

My first question about The Equalizer after seeing the trailer was, “Why even bother calling it The Equalizer?”

After all, it’s not as if The Equalizer—a 1980s CBS detective drama starring Edward Woodward as a Good Samaritan retired intelligence agent—was a brand that still lured audiences. Antoine Fuqua’s violent action movie with Denzel Washington exists in an entirely different universe, the brutal and vengeful cinematic neighborhood of Charles Bronson, Liam Neeson, and Washington himself. Call it The Equalizer or call it Man on Fire 2—this is a Denzel action film, first and last.

The film doesn »

- Jeff Labrecque

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The Equalizer Review

26 September 2014 9:45 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Antoine Fuqua.

Starring:  Denzel Washington, Marton Csokas, Chloë Grace Moretz.

Running Time:  128 Minutes.

Synopsis: McCall is a former black ops commando who has 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, 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.

There are a few things that stick in ones mind as we look back at the great 1980s TV series that was The Equalizer. A juddering, memorable theme tune, sweeping vistas of the New York skyline, scenes of reprobates lurking on the subway/ random lifts, and a silhouetted Edward Woodward stood, »

- Paul Heath

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Marton Csokas Talks The Equalizer, Collaborating with Antoine Fuqua, His Character’s Tattoos, and The Lord Of The Rings

26 September 2014 7:51 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Now playing in theaters is director Antoine Fuqua’s The Equalizer.  Adapted from the 1980s TV series of the same name, the pic reteams Denzel Washington with his Training Day director as he plays a former black ops commando who comes out of his self-imposed retirement to rescue a young girl (Chloe Grace Moretz).  Soon thereafter, things go south and he finds himself squaring off against violent Russian gangsters.  The film also stars Melissa Leo, Martin Csokas, Haley BennettDavid Harbour, and Bill Pullman.  For more on the film, read Matt's review or click here for all our previous coverage which includes clips, on-set interviews, trailers, and more. While at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, I landed an interview with Marton Csokas (he plays the main villain).  He talked about collaborating with Antoine Fuqua, how the tattoos helped inform who the character was (his character has a lot »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Movie Review – The Equalizer (2014)

26 September 2014 6:50 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Equalizer, 2014.

Directed by Antoine Fuqua.

Starring Denzel Washington, Chloe Grace Moretz, Marton Csokas, David Meunier, Haley Bennett, Bill Pullman, Melissa Leo, David Harbour, and Robert Wahlberg.

Synopsis:

A man 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.

Maybe a decade ago The Equalizer would matter. It doesn’t. Denzel Washington stars as Robert McCall, an everyman with a very special set of skills-or is that Taken. Having befriended a young prostitute, he goes on a rampage in order to protect her safety-or is that Taxi Driver. In truth, there is little to praise. Tedious action set-pieces are stretched over a quite extraordinary 131 minute running time as Washington aimlessly wanders with a drill and »

- Gary Collinson

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The Equalizer – The Review

25 September 2014 6:05 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

It would be easy to call the pulpy revenge thriller The Equalizer a standard action movie. It has all the trappings of a tired Hollywood genre effort: a loner with a mysterious past, a young hooker with a heart of gold that provides the catalyst for his return to action, and an army of sneering Russian gangsters for our hero to dispatch in all variety of gruesome manner. Put these elements in the hands of someone like Brett Ratner or another Hollywood hack and you’ve got the makings of a mundane, lifeless drama. But thanks to star Denzel Washington and his talented director Antoine Fuqua (who directed Washington to his Training Day Oscar), what should be tired and tenuous has a weird, electrifying life all its own. Sure, there are moments when The Equalizer overdoses on bullets and explosions and the cliché-heavy script by Richard Wenk offers one too many convenient contrivance, »

- Tom Stockman

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The Equalizer Review Roundup: Find Out If Denzel Washington Can Still Kick Ass

25 September 2014 3:09 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Denzel Washington and Chloë Grace Moretz are captivating to watch on-screen in their flick The Equalizer, even though the rest of the film has been met with mixed (if not disappointing) reviews. Antoine Fuqua, who also directed the Oscar winner in Training Day, surely may have tried to cast this revenge thriller to the best of his ability—but critics have come forward claiming that there's little substance to the rest of the movie. The Equalizer, based on the 1980s CBS show of the same name, follows a former black ops commando who is forced to come out of his self-imposed retirement to save a young woman in danger—cue Moretz's character. The movie also stars Marton Csokas, David »

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'The Equalizer' (2014) Movie Review

25 September 2014 12:30 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

The fact The Equalizer is an adaptation of a 1980s television series is meaningless to me. My only familiarity with the show is watching Rob Reiner in Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street, piss and moan after a phone call causes him to miss a portion of an episode. That said, it seems a working knowledge of the show would be of little use, that is unless there was more to the series than themes ridiculously ripped from classic literature and a trail of dead bodies left in the wake of a one man wrecking crew as he doles out his own brand of justice in a film that's not exactly good, not exactly bad, a little too long and violently fun. How's that for a mixed bag of descriptorsc What's best about The Equalizer is the fact Denzel Washington still makes movies like this. Denzel is a »

- Brad Brevet

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'The Equalizer' IMAX Preview with Director Antoine Fuqua

25 September 2014 10:39 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

IMAX has released an exclusive new video for The Equalizer, which finds director Antoine Fuqua taking about the magic of this immersive format as the thriller starring Denzel Washington prepares to hit theater screens this weekend. Watch and learn why you should only chose IMAX when seeing the movie in theaters:

"It's not just a visual experience, it's what you feel. That's the immersive experience - what you feel and what you see and what you hear in the IMAX format."

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In this IMAX exclusive featurette, hear what Director Antoine Fuqua has to say about his first ever IMAX film, The Equalizer.

"You're sitting there thinking, wow I can reach out and touch Denzel's face, it's so close!&#160 That's truly experiencing the magic of IMAX and the power of a great actor."

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About The Equalizer: The IMAX Experience

In The Equalizer, Denzel Washington plays McCall, a man who has »

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Exclusive Video Interview With The Cast And Director Of The Equalizer

24 September 2014 9:48 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

When The Equalizer premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival a couple of weeks ago, it earned fairly positive reviews and the approval of audiences. This isn’t exactly surprising, either. After all, the film sees Denzel Washington reuniting with his Training Day director, Antoine Fuqua, nearly 14 years after that crime thriller earned widespread acclaim and landed Washington an Oscar. That and the fact that The Equalizer is based on a pretty successful TV series, pretty much meant that Sony was going to have a hit on their hands with this one.

Having seen the film, I can tell you that it’s certainly worthy of the buzz that’s surrounding it. With another strong performance from one of Hollywood’s most desirable leading men, fantastic turns from supporting players like Chloe Grace Moretz and Marton Csokas, and confident and stylish direction from Mr. Fuqua, The Equalizer is a mature, »

- Matt Joseph

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The Equalizer Review [Tiff 2014]

24 September 2014 6:25 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

After receiving joking acknowledgment in The Wolf of Wall Street last year, awareness of ‘80s TV series The Equalizer is probably now as high as it was ever going to be. It’s hard to imagine any fans of the series clamouring for a film version more than two decades later, and even harder to say whether they’ll approve of Antoine Fuqua’s adaptation, which carries over the names of the series, but little else. A one-man A-Team,the titular Equalizer is Robert McCall, an ex-covert operative with a particular set of skills he uses to atone for a shady past, one hard-luck case at a time.

The original series was set in New York, while the film version has driven a few hours up the I-90 to move the surroundings to Boston. While the change of leading man, from proper Brit Edward Woodward to all-American-ly handsome Denzel Washington, »

- Sam Woolf

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