The Equalizer (1 & 2)

What do you see when you look at me?
What do you see when you look at me?
THE EQUALIZER (15)
D: Antoine Fuqua
Columbia/Village Roadshow/Escape Artists (Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, Alex Siskin, Steve Tisch, Mace Neufeld, Tony Eldridge, Michael Sloan & Denzel Washington)
USA 🇺🇸 2014
132 mins

Action/Thriller

W: Richard Wenk [based on the TV series created by Michael Sloan & Richard Lindheim]
DP: Mauro Fiore
Ed: John Refoua
Mus: Harry Gregson-Williams

Denzel Washington (Robert McCall), Marton Csokas (Nikolai Itchenko), Chloë Grace Moretz (Alina), Melissa Leo (Susan Plummer), Bill Pullman (Brian Plummer)

This may claim to be based on the iconic TV series which started Edward Woodward, but it really isn't, it's just another by-the-numbers Hollywood action thriller of which there seem ten a penny nowadays.
Denzel Washington plays Robert 'Bob' McCall, a working class man with a hidden past as a CIA operative, who decides to take on the Russian mob after he witnesses them mistreating a young prostitute (Moretz, woefully miscast).
Some of the action scenes are well staged and Denzel Washington delivers a decent performance, but the film lacks any originality and goes on at least half-an-hour too long.
5/10

Denzel Washington in The Equalizer
Denzel Washington in The Equalizer
There will be consequences
There will be consequences

THE EQUALIZER 2 (15)

D: Antoine Fuqua

Sony/Columbia/Escape Artists (Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, Denzel Washington, Alex Siskin, Steve Tisch, Antoine Fuqua, Mace Neufeld, Tony Eldridge & Michael Sloan)

USA 🇺🇸 2018

121 mins


Action/Thriller


W: Richard Wenk [based on the television series created by Michael Sloan & Richard Lindheim]

DP: Oliver Wood

Ed: Conrad Buff

Mus: Harry Gregson-Williams


Denzel Washington (Robert McCall), Pedro Pascal (Dave York), Ashton Sanders (Miles Whittaker), Bill Pullman (Brian Plummer), Melissa Leo (Susan Plummer)


Based on a British television series, the first Equalizer movie was released in 2014 and, despite being reasonably entertaining, was totally forgettable, despite a solid lead performance by Denzel Washington.

This is actually one of the rare instances where a sequel is better than the first movie, and as a standalone film, it isn't important to have seen the first film to understand this one, so long as you understand the basics of the character Washington plays.

As Robert McCall, Washington is an every man, working for a mobile-based taxi service (no, not that one) as well as moonlighting as a vigilante who helps those who can't help themselves. The film wastes no time getting into a thrilling opening action scene before getting into a subplot involving McCall helping an impressionable black teenager from going down the wrong path. Meanwhile, an assassination in Paris is investigated by McCall's former colleague, who is subsequently murdered and it isn't long before the same hitmen come gunning for him.

The plot is a little hackneyed and the subplot's a little too goody-goody, but Washington's performance and some well directed action sequences carry the movie very well.

Considering this is Denzel's first sequel in a career spanning nearly 40 years, you can assume that he wouldn't have taken on the work if he didn't think it would be a good movie.

It's far from perfect, but it's a big improvement on the first movie.

6/10


Denzel Washington in The Equalizer 2
Denzel Washington in The Equalizer 2