Denzel Washington runs around in “The Equalizer” vanquishing evil as if he should be wearing tights and appearing in a title put out by the Marvel Universe.
Robert McCall starts out as a guy who wants to mind his own business in this action thriller, he really, really does. In fact, he’s trying to dodge a mysterious past that the movie-makers don’t want us to know about too soon. Except, of course, that this film is loosely adapted from the 1980s CBS drama series of the same name in which the star is a former intelligence agent turned Good Samiritan.
McCall in the movie version all these years later works in a big box score, likes his co-workers, befriends a neighborhood hooker who really is a nice young woman with bigger dreams and …
Can’t keep himself from settling the score when Russian gangsters cross his friends in awful ways.
Washington moves in stealthy ways and his character kills in intensely violent, personal manners. It’s dramatic and suspenseful and full of blood and guts.
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Are you a fan of this lawman/agent track that Denzel Washington’s career has taken, and if so, what do you like about these movies? How much violence is too much violence for you when you decide what movie to see? Do you think Russian Americans should start protesting the way Hollywood is portraying their heritage as the go-to ethnic bad guy these days?