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The Equalizer DVD Review

Director: Antoine Fuqua

Starring: Denzel Washington, Martin Csokas, Chloe Grace Moretz, David Harbour, Haley Bennett, Melissa Leo, Bill Pullman, Johnny Skourtis

Running Time: 126 minutes

Certificate: 15

Fuqua and Washington once again rejoin forces following their unforgettable collaboration on Training Day, for this reinterpretation of the classic TV show of the same name. Only this time Washington is playing Mr. Nice Guy. Many TV adaptations fail in the way they try and pay homage to the original, so it is with great joy we can say that Fuqua has no intention of trying to offer fan service. Although the spirit is very much alive, The Equalizer stands proud as an entirely separate entity.

Playing his calm and lovable self, Washington portrays Robert McCall, a man who lives a simple life free from nonsense or crippling responsibility. He’s far from the cold loner often associated with such films though, as we see
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Film Review: Overall Story of ‘The Equalizer’ Doesn’t Add Up

Chicago – You could call “The Equalizer” a bit of an underachiever. It re-teams Oscar winner Denzel Washington with his “Training Day” director Antoine Fuqua for a movie remake of a 1980’s TV show with a cult following, but the film as a whole adds up to less than the sum of its parts.

Rating: 2.0/5.0

Washington stars as an ex-cia agent now living the quiet life by day working in a Home Depot-like store. In contrast, by night he often uses his particular set of skills to help underdogs in need. He gets to be a good guy, while being the baddest badass on the planet. The Equalizer is the kind of guy who could literally mop the floor with half the cast of “The Expendables.”

Yet he certainly takes his time getting going. For the first 25 minutes or so we see him as a combination father figure and life coach – offering helpful advice,
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'The Equalizer' (2014) Movie Review

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
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The Equalizer review

The Equalizer comes to the big screen with Denzel Washington in the lead. Here's Ryan's review of a bruising action thriller...

Readers of a certain vintage might remember The Equalizer, the 80s television series starring Edward Woodward, but it’s unlikely they’ll remember it being quite as action-packed and brutal as Antoine Fuqua’s full-blooded film adaptation.

Denzel Washington replaces Woodward as Robert McCall, a Diy store worker with a chequered past. Living alone in his modest Boston apartment, McCall barely sleeps and spends the greater proportion of his nights at a 24-hour diner, reading classic literature, arranging the condiments in neat rows and quietly brooding away the hours before dawn.

One of the diner’s few other patrons is Elena, a young prostitute played by Chloe Grace Moretz. When she’s viciously beaten up by her Russian pimp, Slavi (David Meunier), McCall leaps to her defence, using a
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Toronto 2014 Review: The Equalizer, A Quietly-Assured Thriller For The Masses

Cool and slick -- no, no, let's make that uber-cool and uber-slick -- while also being uber-warm -- yet wistful, kind to strangers and hostile to unrepentant criminals who ignore "stop that, please," Robert McCall is a superhero for the post-post-post-modern world. He is polite and cheerful at his place of employment, a big-box retail establishment that stocks every imaginable item for the home and garden. He lives modestly in a small apartment, which he keeps clean and tidy. He does not, apparently, own a motor vehicle, preferring to walk and/or ride the bus to and from his modest neighborhood in Boston. He is happy to serve as a kind yet firm mentor for his younger, full-figured co-worker Ralphie (Johnny Skourtis), who wants to become...

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