In Boston, Massachusetts, the methodical and supportive Robert “Bob” McCall works at the Home Mart store, frequently helping his co-workers. Every night, McCall goes to a diner to read a book and drink tea, and he befriends the teenager Russian prostitute Teri, the alias of Alina. One night, Alina’s pimp Slavi brutally beats her up. McCall goes to the Russian restaurant where Slavi is and offers US$ 9,800.00 for the freedom of Alina. However Slavi does not accept the offer and McCall kills him and his four bodyguards. The Russian mafia kingpin Vladimir Pushkin sends the cruel enforcer Teddy to find who killed his men. Soon he finds that McCall is the one who killed the mobster and Teddy begins a war against him.
Genre : Action/Crime
Country : USA
Denzel Washington : Robert McCall
Marton Csokas : Teddy
Chloë Grace Moretz : Teri
Director : Antoine Fuqua
“When you pray for rain, you gotta deal with the mud too.”
Can you remember Denzel Washington‘s performance in “The Book of Eli” ? His coolness and calmness. The grimness. The power he has to move mountains. Approaching his target confidently , his inner tranquility taking over and with extreme precision dealing with his opponents. Shrewdly assimilating the situation, let it sink in for a moment and than act fast accurately. Masterfully, breathtaking to watch and immensely exciting. He also demonstrates these qualities in “The Equalizer“. The only difference is that he’s not completely blind here.
That things aren’t really believable and the same old clichés are used again, I take that for granted. Washington can set himself as a one-man army and dismantle a Russian gangster mob as a Schwarzenegger, whereby there’s slow motion footage and rousing music. Also the usual characteristics of a revenge movie aren’t eschewed : the simple way of getting rid of a rather well-organized criminal group, explosions in the background (and of course there’s no looking back), again members of the mob who are too dumb for words and are all horrible lousy shooters who’d miss an African elephant even while aiming at it from a meter away and the well-known climax in the end with usage of all available attributes. You know a cliché, you got it. And that the Russians are back, merely has to do with the fact that this is allowed again on an international level. As soon as North Korea stops rocking the boat whenever their country is used in a movie and starts sending threats to certain countries, you can be sure there will be Korean casualties again in future action movies.
Washington is the most suitable man for this part. Just think of the character Joyhn Creasy in “Man on Fire” who leaves a trail of destruction in Mexico city while looking for Lupita. Also the same coolness and determination. He plays those roles with a certain flair, as if they were written specifically for him. His famous “Denzel” -characteristics he uses in each film : the quiet gaze, his typical smile and the icy one-liners. I must admit, I’m a Washington fan. His mutation of a cheerful, helpful and humorous average citizen into an avenger of the top shelf who exhibits sadistic features, is magnificent. And despite her young age, Chloë Grace Moretz shows a lot of maturity. The makeup probably helped with this, but still it’s an excellent interpretation by this young talent. The rest of the cast really looks like a bunch of terrifying mobsters with their upper bodies covered by tattoos, their corrupt spirit and their stone-hard indifference.
Despite the long playtime and the slow storyline, I never felt bored. This action packed revenge movie was over before I knew it. Of course the content is a bit shallow and afterwards you start wondering why the heck there isn’t a global group of such figures as McCall who hunt down organizations worldwide and liquidate them with an arsenal of nail guns. You do get the impression that McCall is a kind of super hero with human vulnerability and that it’s just an intense action movie with some mindless hulks. But it was fun and a hell of a rollercoaster ride …
My rating 8/10
Links : IMDB