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The Equalizer - Movie review by Rouén Robinson
By Rouén Robinson
Jul 23, 2018 - 9:58:56 AM

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The Equalizer

A solid cinematic modernization of a classic television series about a man who defends the powerless

What Do You See When You Look At Me?

The tagline for this movie: What Do You See When You Look At Me? A man who believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and dedicated himself to a quiet new life, soon meets someone in need to whom he is drawn to help. With his hidden skills, he decides to mete out vengeance to anyone who makes it a point to brutalize the helpless. If someone has a problem, if the odds are stacked against them, if they have nowhere else to turn, he will come out of his self-imposed retirement for justice.

Robert McCall works at a hardware store and lives a somber life until the crime & corruption around him awakens a side of himself he thought he had buried with the talents of a covert military operative. Alina is a young woman brought over by the Russian mob to serve as a prostitute with dreams of a singing career, but soon finds salvation in an unlikely place. Ralphie is a co worker of Robert's at the hardware store who has enlisted his help in getting him in shape to become a security guard, but that goal is put on hold when he must go back to working at his mother's restaurant when trouble hits. Teddy is the enforcer of the Russian mob who comes to the city when a mysterious man has caused a stop to a certain illegal activity that their mob usually commits.

The Equalizer caught me off-guard as I was not expecting an origin story for this reboot of the television series in cinematic form, but I enjoyed their new take on the story and where they plan to take the character in the future. Denzel Washington is great in the role originally played by Edward Woodard in the 80's tv series and Chloë Grace Moretz as Alina/Teri brings to mind Jodie Foster in her role in Taxi Driver. Antoine Fuqua does a fantastic job updating the theme and look of the tv show for the big screen and modern audiences, but I did not like Harry Gregson-Williams score for the film which felt a little forced.  The film brought to mind movies such as Harry Brown, The Brave One, Death Sentence and Edge Of Darkness. This was definitely a satisfying cinematic experience and I hope to see more of the Robert McCall character in his element in later installments. I rate this movie a rating of 4 out of 5.


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