Sound Off: Antoine Fuqua's 'The Equalizer' - So What Did You Think?
by Alex Billington
September 26, 2014
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "Got to be who you are in this world, no matter what." In theaters everywhere is The Equalizer, directed by Antoine Fuqua (of Training Day, Tears of the Sun, Brooklyn's Finest, Olympus Has Fallen), starring Oscar winner Denzel Washington as Robert McCall, a mysterious vigilante who takes on the Russian mob (and anyone who messes with him). The cast includes Chloe Moretz, Marton Csokas, Haley Bennett, Bill Pullman and Melissa Leo. Is it any good? Does it live up to the TV show it's based on? If you've seen it, leave a comment with thoughts on The Equalizer.
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To fuel the fire, I enjoyed The Equalizer - for an action movie based on a TV show I was impressed. In terms of everything else I've seen since first screening this, it doesn't hold up. It's fairly standard, there's nothing particularly unique or exciting about it, and we've all seen Denzel being cool and badass plenty of times before. Denzel is the best part about this. Despite my middle-of-the-road reaction, I would actually like to see more - if this was a franchise with a new story every time, I'd be down for each new episode. There's something very basically satisfying about the vigilante aspect, and it wraps up nicely. There's better action and better vigilante films this year, but it's not a bad film nor is it the best, the most I can say is "good job".
What did you think of Antoine Fuqua's The Equalizer? Solid action, or bland and repetitive?
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