The Equalizer is all about Robert McCall (Denzel Washington), who in the past was a killer but he left that life behind because he promised his wife.
Denzel Washington has a day job in a home supplies store, spending his evenings reading classic literature in the local diner, obsessively stop-watching his humdrum life, until helpless streetwalker Teri (Chloe Grace Moretz) shows up with bruises on her face.
His friendship with a young prostitute Teri, struck over a casual banter at a local cafe, leads him to try and set her free. When her pimp refuses a $9,800 offer, Robert McCall proceeds to kill him and his entire gang.
Vladimir Kulich (Vladimir Pushkin) is the boss, who sends his enforcer, Teddy (Marton Csokas), to find out who took out his gang. What he finds, leads him to believe that Robert McCall is that man. What follows is how the two play a cat-and-mouse game.
At one point, Antoine Fuqua seems to be setting the stage for a dockyard showdown, a disappointingly generic choice. Ten seconds later, we see Robert McCall blows the dock up and heads back to the hardware store where old-school vengeance awaits, replete with nostalgic nailguns and video nasty power drills.
It’s Denzel Washington who gives a lot of credibility to The Equalizer. The actor can seriously put fear in someone with his stone cold dialogue delivery.
Some of the action sequences like the pimp death sequence and the home stop hostage drama stand out.
At the end, one expected The Equalizer to have sparks of brilliance considering the fact that Antoine Fuqua and Denzel Washington, who earned an Oscar for Training Day, were reuniting for this one, but that movie struggles all through.
It has lots of senseless violence, it has a psycho Russian fixer and it has Denzel Washington; well we are talking about The Equalizer that has turned...2.0