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Director: Antoine Fuqua.
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
The film, an adaptation of the 1980s television series of the same name, reunites Washington with his Training Day director, Antoine Fuqua. It follows Robert McCall, a seemingly normal, quiet man who works at a home improvement store by day. At night, he reads the books his wife never got to before she died, and sits, drinking tea at a local diner. Chloë Grace Moretz, who plays a young woman named Teri, befriends McCall at the diner over the course of many nights.
But this isn't just two lonely people talking about "The Old Man and the Sea." McCall is an ex-special ops agent, and Teri is a Russian prostitute who's about to get in a whole lot of trouble.
Here are five things »
- Sasha James
The basic premise of the '80s TV series "The Equalizer" was just generic enough to survive on CBS in that decade of bland, and in making the jump to the big-screen, it appears to have survived with all of that bland firmly intact. While I personally didn't care for much of anything about the film, I don't think it's ineptly made or awful so much as just forgettable. It's a teflon film. It slid right off my brain pan just as soon as it made it in through the rods and cones, and even trying to summon up specific scenes or gags a few days later, I can already feel it slipping away. Part of the problem is just plain familiarity with the tropes of the film. Denzel Washington plays Denzel Washington, essentially. This isn't a character the same way Creasy in "Man On Fire" was a character. It's »
- Drew McWeeny
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
Denzel Washington balances the scales of justice — and challenges Liam Neeson for a slice of the middle-aged action-hero pie — in “The Equalizer,” an ultraviolent update of the 1985-89 CBS drama series that featured Edward Woodward as a former government agent turned pro-bono avenging angel. But in making the leap from small screen to large, and from pre-Giuliani New York to post-recession Boston, director Antoine Fuqua and writer Richard Wenk (“16 Blocks”) have also traded the series’ elemental underdog appeal for. 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, which should translate to solid if not spectacular returns upon the pic’s Sept. 26 release.
Although he shares a character name and skill set with his TV predecessor, Washington’s Robert McCall is otherwise, literally and figuratively, an Equalizer of a different »
- Scott Foundas
Tonight in Toronto, Denzel Washington and his Training Day director Antoine Fuqua will launch a new franchise, The Equalizer, a drama loosely based on the TV series. Thankfully for fans of Washington’s action work, the film is a closer spiritual cousin to Man On Fire, with Washington playing a righteous character who is merciless on the bad guys. Here, Fuqua, who is also mounting a Magnificent Seven remake with Washington for MGM, discusses the star’s everyman appeal and what makes him capable of so many indelible performances.
Deadline: Watching The Equalizer made me feel like I’d gotten the Man On Fire sequel I never thought possible when John Creasy died after killing every kidnapper in Mexico. The spirit of the movie courses through The Equalizer. What is it about Denzel Washington killing bad guys that makes it feel like Christmas morning?
Fuqua: [Laughs]. I just think it’s »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Denzel Washington, believe it or not, is a really funny guy. You might not know it due to the fact that he's more known for dispensing rough justice in films like Man On Fire and more recently The Equalizer. But before he was giving criminals a stern talking to, followed by a couple of bullets or blows to the chest, he was making people laugh in movies like Heart Condition and Much Ado About Nothing. Yet despite his mid career renaissance as an action hero with gravitas, he's still eager to make us laugh, and he's ready to do it again. The only problem is Will Smith is dragging his feet on making sure that happens. At least, that's what Washington himself said in his Reddit Ama yesterday afternoon. You see, he too remembers that Adam McKay's remake of Uptown Saturday Night is still in play, and he's eager »
The cinematic adaptation of hit Edward Woodward show The Equalizer is almost upon us. With Denzel Washington giving it his Man On Fire Best, the film looks to be a decent and brutal action film in which a former black ops agent comes out of retirement to rescue a young girl. The title comes from the fact he likes to restore the balance somewhat, kind of like Darth Vader when he throws the Emperor down that chasm. Antoine Fuqua reteams with Washington, and if Training Day is anything to go by then this looks set to be a hard hitting and explosive film. Hell, it even has Washington being a cool guy and not looking at explosions.
Source: Eminem Music and Columbia Pictures »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Exclusive: Going into his seventh and final season as the prince of the motorcycle club in Sons Of Anarchy, Charlie Hunnam will next have the opportunity to rise to king. Hunnam is director Guy Ritchie’s choice to play King Arthur in the epic Warner Bros project hatched by Joby Harold and intended to span six films. Harold wrote the first script and Akiva Goldsman is producing through Weed Road with Harold and Tory Tunnell through Safehouse Pictures, and Ritchie’s partner Lionel Wigram. Hunnam is in final negotiations to play the man who pulls the sword from the stone.
If you ever doubted whether Hunnam made the right call passing on playing Christian Grey in Fifty Shades Of Grey, well, this story then is mean to convince you he is in pretty good shape. »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Denzel Washington has received the supercut treatment, and it features a lot of laughing.
Next Movie has created the minute-and-a-half montage, which shows Washington showcasing his infectious laugh in many of his film roles.
Whether you deem it a bit creepy or just hysterical, watching the video on a loop is sure to bring a smile, and possibly even a Washington-esque laugh, to your face.
The Benefactor’s identity was finally revealed on Monday’s Teen Wolf, and it turned out to be the one person nobody was expecting. (Stop rolling your eyes, you did not guess this.)
Related The Teen Wolf Cast Howls at Coyote Sex Specifics, Previews New Romance and Evolving Creature Effects
Anyway, after accusing practically everyone they’ve ever met — including Lydia’s dead grandmother — the gang finally came face-to-face with the big bad, herself: Meredith! So not only is she alive, but I guess we also know why her hair is so big; it’s full of evil.
Lydia figured »
Pimping Eminem's new single, featuring Sia, 'Guts Over Fear', a new t.v. spot for The Equalizer has come online. I've been looking to this for a while now, and while I have been able to look passed the Man on Fire similarities, the more I see of this, the more I am convinced that the Denzel Washington starring reboot of the classic t.v. show could easily be the continuing adventures of John Creasy. Now, early word on this very good (greenlighting a sequel good), and it does look pretty kick ass, so I am sure I can get over the Man on Fire similarities when this finally hits the big screen. Released: 26th September (U.S.)/ 10th October (Irl/U.K.) Synopsis: Denzel Washington plays a former black ops commando who faked his death for a quiet life in Boston. He comes out of his retirement to rescue a young girl, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Sony Pictures has released a new The Equalizer TV spot for director Antoine Fuqua’s upcoming thriller, and it showcases a new song from Eminem and Sia. Denzel Washington leads the dramatic action-thriller as 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. Sony has been quite bullish on the film, putting a sequel into development well in advance of its release, but aside from hints at a more introspective piece, the first trailer didn’t really strike me as anything particularly noteworthy beyond a riff on Washington’s role in Man on Fire. However, this new TV spot highlights a few bits of solid humor from Washington’s character, making the pic a bit more attractive from my perspective. Hit the jump to »
- Adam Chitwood
I am about to make many of you feel very old…..Dakota Fanning turned 20 earlier this year. The I Am Sam actor is probably best known for her early screen work, although she has built up a resume of intriguing art-house films as of late, including Night Moves and Amy Berg’s upcoming drama Every Secret Thing. However, mainstream audiences have not seen her in a while. That will all likely change very soon though, as Fanning is now attached to the adaptation of Philip Roth’s American Pastoral, in the role of Merry Levov.
American Pastoral is frequently touted by many readers (and this writer) as one of the greatest American novels. The modern classic from Philip Roth follows the life and times of Seymour “Swede” Levov, a high-school athlete who seems to be living the American dream, with a beautiful wife, home and job he inherited from his dad. »
- Jordan Adler
When a bomb blows a passenger ferry out of the Mississippi, federal investigator Denzel Washington learns that he can prevent the carnage - and save a dead beauty - with the appliance of time-bending science. It's E=mc skewed as the ultra-cool star and his Crimson Tide/Man On Fire director zig-zag their way through wormholes and plotholes to formulate an absurdly enjoyable sci-fi thriller. »
It's the role that everyone has been dying to see Christoper Walken take, they just didn't know it. Walt Disney Pictures has just announced the star of a wide variety of films such as Catch Me If You Can, Hairspray, Wedding Crashers, Man on Fire and Mousehunt will take an animal role in their new live-action adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's classic The Jungle Book from director Jon Favreau. The studio has announced that Walken will play King Louie, the ruler of a troop of monkeys and apes. In addition, "Breaking Bad" star Giancarlo Esposito will play Akela, the leader of the wolf pack. That's a great cast! The two new actors join an animal cast that includes Idris Elba as the tiger Shere Khan, Scarlett Johansson as the python Kaa and Lupita Nyong'o as Rakcha, the mother wolf who adopts the orphaned Mowgli in the jungle and Ben Kingsley as Bagheera the black panther. »
- Ethan Anderton
The most recent trailer for Sony Pictures contemporary update of the 80s TV series The Equalizer starring Denzel Washington almost feels like a spiritual sequel to his fantastic thriller Man on Fire. Now Washington takes center stage on an IMAX poster for the film from director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day). A sequel is already in development for the film because it's been testing so well with audiences, so we're anxious to see what we'll get this fall. While we're not sure a film like this needs to be seen on the IMAX, especially when no part of the film was shot on the large format, some people will get suckered in. Here's the new IMAX poster for Antoine Fuqua's The Equalizer from IMAX on Twitter: The Equalizer is directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, Shooter, Olympus Has Fallen) and written by Richard Wenk (The Expendables 3, The Mechanic). Denzel Washington plays McCall, »
- Ethan Anderton
Details are being kept under wraps, but the plot is described as a Man on Fire type of story that centers on a father and son, with a sci-fi element in place. Relativity emerged victorious in a competitive bidding war for the script, which was sold in a six-figure deal that closed earlier this week.
Exclusive: Relativity has optioned an untitled sci-fi-tinged spec for development from screenwriter Joe Gazzam. It’s the latest score for Gazzam, who sold action-thriller Shadow Run to Sony in February and won the coveted gig writing Cliffhanger for Neal Moritz and StudioCanal in May. I’m hearing the sale came out of a competitive situation and closed this week. The log line is being kept under wraps but project is described as a Man On Fire-type story of a father and son, with a science fiction element. Producers are Alan Gasmer, Peter Jaysen, and Ahmet Zappa along with Devon Schiff. Gazzam is […] »
Eric Bana’s latest role as real-life NYPD Officer Ralph Sarchie finds the accomplished Aussie actor firmly entrenched in a world where evil goes way beyond the typical street crime and routine arrest. As a cop with South Bronx's 46th Precinct in the Nineties, Sarchie had seen it all...
But it was his involvement with cases concerning the occult the revealed his true purpose.
On a rainy night on location in the Bronx way back in July of 2013, Dread Central and a few other outlets had the chance to speak to Bana (fittingly, inside an old church) about the responsibility of telling Sarchie’s story in a believable way.
Dread Central: So it sounds like you’ve been dealing with quite a bit of prosthetics and other things like that on this film. How has that experience been?
Eric Bana: No, not for me. Not too bad. I mean, »
- Drew Tinnin
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