The Equalizer

Posted on September 27, 2014


The Equalizer – Remember the TV show with that British dude back in the mid 80s? Well, Denzel Washington takes over the part of Robert McCall, former probably-CIA who is now working in a Home Depot-like store. He helps a young co-worker, Ralphie (Johnny Skourtis), lose weight so he can become a security guard. He befriends a young hooker (Chloe Grace Moretz) and when she’s severely beaten by her Russian pimp Slavic (David Meunier), he quickly takes him out along with four of his associates. Seems though they are not just pimps, but a part of the Russian mafia. McCall always asks nicely for the bad guys to quit what they’re doing. If they don’t, he crucifies them, usually turning them into a bloody pulp. He has this eye thing going on where he seems to take in everything and figure out how many seconds he’ll need to obliterate it all.

The top Russian boss is named Pushkin (Vladmir Kulich). Can’t help but wonder why that name since it’s the name of the most famous Russian poet. Pushkin expects his many underlings to make short work of McCall. Not going to happen.

There is way too much blood and gore and it’s about 20 minutes too long. A lot of effing going on. It’s still pretty darn good. A touch of McGyver, especially in the way McCall uses power tools. He also shows the effectiveness of honey on wounds. Denzel looks great doing the slo-mo. I look forward to the next one but I wish they’d let me do some editing. Melissa Leo has a small scene – it’s amazing how she can change her looks.