the equalizer poster

“Got to be who you are in this world, no matter what.”
– Robert McCall

SYNOPSIS: A man believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and has dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life. But when he meets a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can’t stand idly by – he has to help her. – via IMDB

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I missed this in cinemas when it came out (blame the exams, always the exams)and could not wait to see it. I loved it when I finally did watch it, and decided recently it needed a rewatch before I could go on to the new onw. Gathering my other half the other night, we sat down and got ready to watch the excellent Denzel tear up the town again. Let me just tell you, we were not disappointed, not even for one moment.

The Equalizer is paced fantastically – I liked that it concentrated on some story, and didn’t just get lost in action, but didn’t focus so much on the story that it was purely a drama. Also, let’s not forget Washington’s portrayal as Robert McCall. I was so impressed with him (I usually am) and I thought that he was super badass. He was very cool, well-respected, I liked the way he was so important to so many people and yet when he went home it was solitary, lonely and depressing.

That changes when McCall becomes a scary machine and starts fixing Boston, intense I tell you! There were some kill styles introduced that I have to admit were fresh and original (I know how that sounds), and an antagonist opposite McCall that was worthy of his time, escalating the events (though there could have been a more hardcore showdown). There was nothing left untouched by McCall to craft his weapons with, and that alone was entertaining enough to carry so much. The soundtrack fit with the movie perfectly, and The Equalizer was shot very nicely, too.

There was not one moment of boredom for me, and I was taken in with the entire presentation of the film. Great job all round, and I can definitely highly recommend this one. It has more substance than your average movie of this type, and though it follows a recipe, it doesn’t get boring.

23 thoughts on “Review: The Equalizer (2014)

  1. Keith says:

    This has been on my watchlist. Really need to check it out. I’ve just had so much else to watch lately. Sounds like I have been missing out.

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    1. Zoë says:

      I get it Keith, there are SO many movies to get to. But this one is a pretty fun one.

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  2. theipc says:

    Dearest PJB,

    This movie was totally excellent – I too wish I had seen it in the theaters..

    #HardwareStore

    #150PoundsMyAss

    #LowFives

    Love,

    ISC

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    1. Zoë says:

      Kind Chop,

      I am so glad to hear we see eye to eye on it. I totally agree with you there!

      #LowFives

      Love,

      SJB

      Liked by 1 person

      1. theipc says:

        Dear SBJB,

        WHOOOOOOOOP!

        I totally need to trim this beard of mine. I can SEE it out of the corner of my eye…..

        #distracting

        Love,

        IPSC

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      2. Zoë says:

        Dear Chop,

        LOOOOOOOOOOOL that would be the most annoying!

        Love,

        JJB

        Liked by 1 person

  3. Natasha says:

    Bestie!

    Awesome as always. Need to watch this

    #CarVsWall

    Kidney

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    1. Zoë says:

      Kidney,

      I hope you like it!

      #eish

      Bkushi

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  4. Dan O. says:

    Another one of Denzel’s goofy movies. However, it’s still a relatively fun piece to watch. Good review Zoe.

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    1. Zoë says:

      Thanks Dan! Definitely a fun watch 🙂

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  5. Abbi says:

    Okay… I have to admit that I HATED this film… sorry!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Zoë says:

      xD It’s all good lady! Different strokes!

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  6. A lot of people get equalized don’t they?

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  7. caragale says:

    Wow! I thought this one was okay…but you REALLY liked it, huh?? Lol. It’s definitely better than average for this type of movie. Honestly, I think that’s pretty much solely thanks to Denzel. Haha. Nice work, lady!

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    1. Zoë says:

      Yeah I really had a blast with this one. I expected to enjoy it just fine, but it was just awesome for me. I do agree – I think that is largely in part of Denzel, but so much else worked for me with this! Thanking you kindly 🙂

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  8. Nostra says:

    Nice to see the gif of that explosion. Must have been one of the biggest ones for someone to walk away from 😉 Enjoyed the movie myself as well.

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    1. Zoë says:

      Thanks Nostra! Right?! I am so glad to hear that you also enjoyed this one 🙂

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  9. table9mutant says:

    Will definitely check this out at some point as I always have fun with Denzel movies. Plus I liked the TV show! Glad you enjoyed this one. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Zoë says:

      I never saw the TV show! This one was so much better than I dared hope for!

      Liked by 1 person

  10. Great review! I wanted to rewatch it before seeing the sequel but I waited too long and missed it! I might just have to make it a double feature one weekend with some takeout 🙂

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    1. Zoë says:

      Oh yes, definitely do a double feature! Will be fun!

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