Denzel actioner has no “Equal”

Denzel Washington embodies vengeance in “The Equalizer,” the best action film of 2014.

By Jazmine Sanchez, Staff Writer

What if you were given a second chance in life to do the right thing? Would you take it? In Antoine Fuqua’s film of “The Equalizer,” you only get one chance at changing your life when it comes to dealing with a sagacious man named Robert McCall. As embodied by the great Denzel Washington, he is not a man you want to disappoint.

McCall specializes in giving the people who do wrong what they deserve, and equalizing it by doing what’s right: eliminating them. Some may see him as a bloodthirsty sociopath, some as a good man fighting for those who deserve justice. He realizes a young prostitute named Alina (Chloë Grace Moretz) is in trouble with the man she works for. By choosing to fight for her he runs into difficult situations, but cannot be stopped and will take down anyone, doing the wrong thing, who gets in his way.

“The Equalizer” was a popular series on CBS from 1985 to 1989, with McCall played superbly by Edward Woodward. The re-imagining of the show in Fuqua’s film is brilliant and can be seen as a top action movie alongside “Pulp Fiction” and 007 entries.

Mysterious yet suspenseful, “The Equalizer” keeps you on the edge of your seat. It defines what a great action film should be. The way each character is developed in the story flows nicely. McCall, after losing his wife, holds on to the past and focuses on doing the right thing. Washington really delivers and molds himself into a heroic image. As Alina, Moretz conveys a life full of sorrow and regret. Even the villainous Teddy (Marton Csokas) has dealt with an insecure past, but is known for completing any murdering deal he is needed for. All of the other characters in the film support the story line and together make up the best action film of 2014.

Despite genre clichés such as walking through fire and many gruesome killings, “Equalizer” surpasses expectations. It will make you question who Robert McCall really is. The one question most of the characters in the film ask before they are obliterated by McCall is, “Who are you?”, but in the end it’s up to the audience to answer the question.

Who is Robert McCall and why does he feel the need to do the right thing? In the eyes of a stranger he might be doing the complete opposite. Are his actions excessive or justified? You will only get your answers by watching this and in the end will not be left disappointed.

“The Equalizer” opens in theatres September 26

Rated R  for strong bloody violence and language throughout, including some sexual references

4.5 stars (out of 5)

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