Thursday, September 25, 2014
The Equalizer Review - 2½ Stars
Denzel Washington plays it cool in “The Equalizer”—a kind quiet older man working in a large hardware store. On late night visits to a local diner, he makes friends with young street-walker Chloe Grace Moretz. She runs afoul of the Russian mob and winds up in intensive care. Our hero can’t have this — so he goes after the mob in a series of thrilling, jaw dropping, violent encounters that build to a midnight climax in a Home Depot topped off with an even more outrageous dose of revenge. Washington’s the perfect guy to play this cool cucumber. “The Equalizer” reminds me of the “Dirty Harry” series and like that series could well turn into a string of films. Not the greatest movie ever made but Denzel makes it watchable. Does it deliver what it promises? Denzel Washington gets his revenge. Is it entertaining? Thrilling but violent. Is it worth the price of admission? For action fans.