DVD Review: The Equalizer
Denzel Washington plays the role of Robert McCall, in a film re-make of 80’s TV show starring Edward Woodward. His apartment provides space for the bare essentials. The film begins with McCall’s daily routine, a precise, methodical life that borders on OCD. It sets him up as an ordinary man, with an ordinary life. But there is something lurking beneath the surface, something that McCall’s routine keeps in check.
But a nice little foray into a storyline betrays what this actually is, and prevents us from getting to the action sooner that we should. You see, McCall is a man with a very particular set of skills, and indeed, Washington seems like he wants to set up his own franchise opportunity. The problem for McCall is that when Brian Mills first came on our screens, hid did something unexpected. We’ve already seen Washington in much better action films that The Equalizer, and as such, we are left disappointed.
McCall is always encouraging the people around him, and helping them out when he can without being noticed. But when a friend of his, a young Russian prostitute is beaten up by her boss, McCall takes it upon him self to make amends and in the process accidentally declares war on the Russian Mafia.
In The Equalizer we witness Robert McCall attempt to be as precise as John Wick, but the focus is on McCall’s ability to take in everything around him and instantly calculate the time it will take to get the job done. We get extreme close ups of McCall’s eyeball, with bad guys reflected therein, we witness the path of the action before the action takes place. It’s a neat little trick, but crumples when compared to Wick’s ballet.
In the end, The Equalizer is an OK action film, that will make decent viewing for a raining winter night, but if you really want to wee Washington in form, check out one of his earlier action flicks.
Rating: R18 Violence, sexual themes and offensive language.