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The Equalizer (2014)

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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.

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Antoine Fuqua

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Richard Wenk, Michael Sloan (based on the television series created by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Denzel Washington ... Robert McCall
Marton Csokas ... Teddy
Chloë Grace Moretz ... Teri
David Harbour ... Masters
Haley Bennett ... Mandy
Bill Pullman ... Brian Plummer
Melissa Leo ... Susan Plummer
David Meunier ... Slavi
Johnny Skourtis ... Ralphie
Alex Veadov ... Tevi
Vladimir Kulich ... Vladimir Pushkin
E. Roger Mitchell ... Lead Investigator
James Wilcox ... Pederson
Mike O'Dea Mike O'Dea ... Remar (as Mike P. O'Dea)
Anastasia Mousis Sanidopoulos ... Jenny (as Anastasia Mousis)
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Storyline

The Equalizer stars Denzel Washington as Robert McCall, a former Black Ops commando who faked his own death in hopes of living out a quiet life in Boston. However, when he comes out of his self-imposed retirement to save a young girl named Teri "Chloë Grace Moretz", he finds his thirst for justice reawakened after coming face-to-face with a syndicate of brutal Russian gangsters. Afterwards, McCall becomes the go-to man when the helpless require the kind of vengeance they would never find without his skills.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

What do you see when you look at me?

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Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong bloody violence and language throughout, including some sexual references | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian | Spanish

Release Date:

26 September 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El justiciero See more »

Filming Locations:

Haverhill, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$34,137,828, 28 September 2014, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$101,530,738

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$192,330,738
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Nicolas Winding Refn was the original director, but left the project one month later when he could not agree to contractual terms with the producers on his deal. Rupert Wyatt was the next person approached, but he declined citing scheduling problems (Wyatt also turned down directing Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) for the same reason) before they finally offered it to Antoine Fuqua. See more »

Goofs

(at around 31 mins) A brief transition scene shows a Boston "T" Red Line subway car traveling from left to right. Frame-by-frame review of this scene reveals that this transition has been flopped because all the writing on the subway car is reversed. See more »

Quotes

Teddy: I want images from every security camera within a six-block radius. If you have any trouble call that number... and it will be taken care of. Phones charged and on. I tend to call at odd hours. Now, if you could drive me to my residence.
Masters: Hey, wait a second, Mr. Sunshine. What do I look like to you? A chauffeur? This is our town. You're fucking guest.
Teddy: Let me apologize for my conduct. It was a long flight on short notice, and I... I like to focus, to work quickly. The deaths of Mr. Pushkin's men ...
[...]
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Alternate Versions

Nearly all UK versions are cut for violence to secure a 15 rating, removing the following so as not to earn an 18 by "dwell(ing) on the infliction of pain and injury":
  • The closeup of the corkscrew being pushed further into Tevi's mouth, and the final one of his face right before it's withdrawn.
  • The first shot of the mercenary bleeding and choking on the barbed wire noose.
Columbia made additional cuts to two more scenes, which weren't requested by the BBFC:
  • A closeup of Teddy beating Little John's bloodied face twice, and a shot from behind that shows him readying another punch.
  • The gangster being impaled through the neck was shortened at the start and end.
The six cuts totalled 15 seconds. The 2018 4K Blu-ray is uncut and rated 18. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Midnight Screenings: Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas (2014) See more »

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Swan Lake
Op. 20: Act 1, No. 9 (Finale)
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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Denzel Washington made this film better than it was
27 July 2018 | by TheTopDawgSee all my reviews

So I just finished watching Equalizer (EQ1) again, so I can watch Equalizer 2 (EQ2) for the comparison.

It's too bad both films had the same director and writers, as they have a bad habit of dragging out the writing and the scenes. Both films at just over 2 hours is just way too long, especially in the simplistic singular plot or EQ1. However, that plot still worked, and mainly because of the entire casts especially Denzel Washington's performance(s). EQ2 certainly had better pacing and a more suspenseful plot - albeit predictable, however it had many plot issues and holes as well as some scenes that needed to be edited down. The new supporting cast was not as strong either.

Which did I enjoy better? Probably EQ1 by a small margin, but they both got an 8/10 from me, as they each had their merits and issues. Nevertheless still enjoyable. I hope if they come out with a EQ3, they speed up the pacing within the writing and directing.


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