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The Equalizer (2012)


Duration 2h 12m Rating (UK) 15
Source of story A development of a TV series “The Equaliser” starring Edward Woodward and created by Michael Sloan and Richard Lindheim
Director Antoine Fuqua
Writers/Script Richard Wenk
Starring Denzel Washington, Marton Csokas, Chloë Grace Moretz, David Harbour, Bill Pullman, Melissa Leo,

Elevator Pitch: A man working in a film version of Home Depot seems to be keen to help people out and this includes a young prostitute who inhabits a 24 hour diner where the man, Robert McCall can be found in the middle of the night reading and have a cup of tea. He is unthreatening but when the young woman is treated badly by a Russian underworld organisation he decides to help her, and it turns out that he has special skills which result in the deaths of the opposition. But when a villain is dispatched from Moscow to deal with him will he surive?

Content: Despite the theme of prostitution, no sex or nudity. Robert helps people out, particularly a guy in the DIY shop. He is seen to be probably ex military and maybe suffering from OCD. He reads and drinks tea in the diner, then after the young woman is beaten, he begins to work his way through the Russian criminals using their own weapons to kill them. There are shades of Treadstone, since he always seem to be slightly ahead of the opposition, and we learn that he is a former black ops man.

A View: This is a straightforward man with a mission against the bad guys sort of outing, and it ticked my boxes because I like my heroes to be invincible. If it has a failing it is that, as someone pointed out, McCall never uses a firearm, even though the opposition do. This resulted in a particularly violent and unpleasant finale which takes place in the DIY depot. But if you enjoy this sort of stuff it will be a worthwhile couple of hours of your time. There is a sequel.

Additional Info: This film was originally punted by the Weinsteins in 2005; numerous people were associated and then dropped out and it made no real progress until Denzil Washington stepped up to be McCall.

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