Starring: Denzel Washington, Chloe Grace Moretz, Marton Csokas, Melissa Leo, Bill Pullman, David Harbour, Haley Bennett.
Directed By: Antoine Fuqua
This might be a slightly unpopular review, depending on how you felt about The Equalizer. I thought it was “paint by numbers”. It felt like a pretty standard revenge/assassin flick, which is bolstered slightly by a strong cast, and pretty good direction from Antoine Fuqua. He was saddled with an average script, and used everything at his disposal to try and raise this from average to above average. It is just that, above average.
Washington plays a guy who has a past, but is hiding from his past, but his past comes back. He’s like Liam Neeson from Taken. He’s got a particular set of skills, and if you mess with his girl, you’re gonna find out what that set of skills is. He’s unnecessarily badass with little reasoning as to why he’s so badass. We only get a small hint as to what his job used to be. It’s basically Taken if Liam Neeson had no family and even less reason to pursue the bad guys.
It’s nothing groundbreaking, yet mildly entertaining. Bill Pullman and Melissa Leo are underused, especially Pullman. Washington is good, but with a career like his, it’s hard to say he’s at his best. Moretz is also good, and has been a pretty consistent performer across her short career. It’s just an incredibly predictable film, with a predictable ending, and very little reasoning or thought put into it. Don’t ask questions, just shut your mind off and equalize.
FINAL GRADE: B-