In the late 1980’s this writer remembers a favorite television show called, ‘The Equalizer’, starring Edward Woodward (http://www.amazon.com/The-Equalizer-Season-Edward-Woodward/dp/B000YENUOK). Almost thirty years later, directorAntoine Fuqua has done a remake of the popular classic, starring the award-winning Denzel Washington.
Washington stars as Robert McCall who works at the local Home Mart (similar to Home Depot). The movie begins with a focus upon McCall’s obsessive compulsiveness as he is preparing for work with everything in its place. McCall appears to operate under the premise of being his brother’s keeper as he helps a co-worker named Ralphie to lose weight and ultimately, become a security guard.
McCall, a widower, meets a young lady of the evening named Teri (whose real name is Alina), who is not really interested in making money for her Russian pimp, Slavi. In fact, she even ignores his telephone calls. This action has a detrimental impact upon Teri/Alina, who aspires to be a singer. His concern for Teri/Alina’s predicament results in a deadly encounter with Slavi and his henchmen after McCall attempts to buy her freedom.
Enter, Nickolai, a Secret Policeman who has been sent by the Russian Mafia to avenge the deaths of their financiers. The policeman, played by Marton Csokas, tracks down and locates McCall in order to even the score, as ordered.
McCall delves into a world of police corruption, greed and espionage. With his very special skill for fighting, McCall exacts vengeance upon the oppressors, who are terrorizing the people in his life. Through the parables he tells, McCall provides uplifting and sometimes humorous messages which can be applied to contemporary life situations. His mystique adds an additional air of suspense to the movie as he gains entry into an underworld of corruption and greed.
The audience cannot help, but become caught up in the mystique, suspense and violence in the movie as they find themselves rooting for the underdogs.
A gentleman named Emery (who did not want to reveal his last name) said he was shocked that the theater was so packed at such an early time of morning. He said he found the movie violent and bloody. People should be sure not to bring children to see it. He said he would give the movie 4-1/2 stars, however. Another moviegoer, Davette Peoples, thought ‘The Equalizer’ was good with lots of action. She said she liked this role for Washington because it was different and does not disappoint. She also gave the movie 4 stars.
Fuqua will probably garner the prized Oscar for his production of this action-packed movie. ‘The Equalizer’ opens everywhere Friday, September 26, 2014. Check your local theaters for showtimes at www.moviefone.com. To view the movie trailer, visit http://screenrant.com/equalizer-trailer-preview-denzel-washington/.