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Sodas & Popcorn Movie Review: The Equalizer



Director: Antoine Fuqua (Olympus Has Fallen, Training Day)
Writers: Richard Wenk (The Expendables 2, The Mechanic), Michael Sloan and Richard Lindheim (television series)
Stars: Denzel Washington (Training Day, 2 Guns), Marton Csokas (Bourne Supremacy, The Amazing Spiderman 2), Chloë Grace Moretz (Kick Ass, If I Stay)
Check out the full cast and crew here

In The Equalizer, Denzel “Eff-Yeah” Washington plays an ex-special forces operative, Robert McCall, who thought he had retired to a highly routine, painfully boring, extremely quiet and private life. While he spends his days working at a local hardware super store, he spends his sleepless nights at a local diner reading books and having chats with fellow night-crawlers.

When his most frequent chat partner, a young prostitute named Elena (Chloë Grace Moretz ) gets beaten up by her Russian Mobster boss, McCall has to return on a path which he thought he had left behind and “equalize the odds”. The only problem is, this isn’t just a group of mobsters, it’s a criminal organization.

The Equalizer has its roots in the 1980s TV series with the same title. The movie reunites Training Day director Antoine Faqua and Denzel Washington after 13 long years. While the trailer promises a non-stop action packed thriller, The Equalizer is actually more of a moody, dark, action, drama and thriller with a very straight forward, highly predictable and cliché story. But with Denzel Washington in the lead, you can be rest assured that the man will sell you a movie where he plays the role of a 12 year old girl-scout selling cookies for 3 straight hours.

Just when we thought Faqua’s movies weren’t going to get darker, moodier and more violent after Training Day and Olympus Has Fallen, he gives his darkest and most moody movie till date. I loved the style of shooting the action scenes where everything slows down and we see things from Denzel’s perspective before they happen. I also loved the style of cinematography which gave the movie a ’90s action movie feel.

The character development in the movie was either very poor, or deliberately withheld to gear us up for later sequels (as announced already by Sony). Richard Wenk (The Expendables 2, The Mechanic) gives us a very vague back story about Robert McCall and basically every other characters there is in the movie. The movie also has a lot of subplots which “almost” go off track every now and then, but somehow manages to find its way back.

In the end, its an average story with nothing special or new to it.

All the flaws in the story are covered up by a powerful performance from Denzel who had all other characters and the entire movie held up by his performance. Chloë Grace Moretz who doesn’t feature much in the movie, but does enough to convince me she will earn an Oscar in the near future (when the right role comes inevitably) and the villain played by Marton Csokas.

My favorite scenes in the movie were definitely when Denzel and Marton met face to face. Their scenes are electrifying, tense and keeps me alert of an impending showdown which would be epic. Unfortunately, the showdown was anything but epic. Pardon me for expecting more.

All other supporting actors also deliver greatly without question and kudos has to go to Faqua for bringing the best out of his cast.

In the end, The Equalizer is a feel good movie I will definitely see again. It’s a story of a “Knight in shinny amour coming to the rescue of his friend” so expect a lot of superhero ish stuff.

It gets a Sodas and Hotdog from us at S & P HQ.


So, have you seen the movie? Which will you prefer to come save you? Robert McCall (Denzel Washintonton) or Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson from Taken)

By the way have you seen the new Trailer for Tak3n (Taken 3, yes, there is a third one and it looks awesome!) Check it out here.

Review is written by M.Y

Photo Credit: Getty Images

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  1. Onye

    October 1, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    I really enjoyed the movie and I’m not really the type that likes violent movies. This one, although I had to cover my eyes sometimes, the violence had a purpose which is why it was enjoyable. But, I don’t know why they would do a sequel even though how the film ended made me think that there will be at least a part 2. But, all in all, a good film.

  2. bumble bee

    October 1, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    Really? Its an ok movie? Are you kidding me? This movie has to be one of the best movies i’ve seen this year, kept me glued to my seat all through!! The action, the story, the plot, the suspense.. are U really saying this is an ok movie!!! You do not know great movies when you see one then

  3. Tru

    October 1, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    For Denzel, I will do anything 😀 😀

  4. Nonya

    October 1, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    Good review for the most part, however I am appalled that you didn’t include a “SPOILER ALERT” in your title.

    I agree with it being moody (and delightfully so lol), but I’m not sure I would call it dark?. Also I do not think the storyline was as predictable as you describe. For instance you expected (as I did) an epic showdown with the arch nemesis but there was none. In fact that twist made the movie that more refreshing

  5. @edDREAMZ

    October 1, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    This movie must be very interesting judging frm the first commenter…..

  6. napa

    October 1, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    Nice movie

  7. aisha

    October 1, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    Amazing movie….loved it

  8. L

    October 2, 2014 at 8:57 am

    Best movie for me this year thus far, is 1 October by Kunle Afolayan. A man on a different lane. It will take the other ‘producers” in Nollywood 15 years to get to where he is today. I was thrilled from beginning to end. That Ayetoro character was everything…..

    • Efkay

      October 3, 2014 at 3:17 pm

      Wow! 15 years?? Who are you and what do you know about the industry to decide that? Some people just talk carelessly

  9. Motosinoluwa

    October 2, 2014 at 9:54 am

    the movie is the real shit of 2014….. will see it over and over again? ” you see that girl you beat will carry on with her live but urs is gonna end here because of $11,800 in 26000, 27000,28000….. “DENZEL WASHINTON”

  10. slimbolly

    October 2, 2014 at 11:34 am

    i enjoyed the movie right from the beginning to d end… #nodullmoments# Denzel thumbs up

  11. Amaka

    October 2, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    Really loved it though it was a bit violent. Denzel Washington is just too good.

  12. keechi

    October 4, 2014 at 7:45 am

    Denzel is always and forever gonna be that untouchable actor!! He is too good!! That movie was AWESOME! He was so badass!


    October 6, 2014 at 11:27 am

    I totally enjoyed this movie and it was one of those movies that everybody kept quiet and paid attention so as not to miss anything. Predictable storyline, nah! Average story, maybe but it was a powerful performance by Denzel and Marton. With the final showdown, you are right, I expected a fist fight and a gruesome death, but hey, we can’t have it all. Liam or Denzel to save me, pretty tough call, Liam is a badass and has been for the pass years in his movies, as for a Taken 3, I am not thrill jor! I have watched Taken 1, 3 times, it never gets old for me, I can’t stand watching 2, this new one is….

  14. Poze amuzante

    February 1, 2015 at 9:17 pm

    The Equalizer is NOT Man on Fire. The Equalizer is NOT your typical action flick. Washington’s Robert McCall is not self-destructive or addicted. Though there are great choreographed fights, special effects and fantastic explosions, The Equalizer is more Bourne than Bond. Denzel Washington portrays this ex-CIA operative, who is content to live a meticulously simple life. Quietly contained, but with ever-building intensity, Washington turns in another stellar performance.

    Chloe Grace Moretz, as the teenage prostitute, is a force…

    Antoine Fuqua, the directer who brought us Training Day, which earned Denzel his Best Actor Oscar, helms this movie with a steady hand. His direction of the drama and the action blend seamlessly, drawing us into the complexity of this character-driven piece.

    Robert McCall keeps to himself, content to live his ordinary life; he is every man’s man. But, his steady moral compass, and strong sense of justice lead him back into the fray. This character is not infallible, and he is not looking for trouble. He just wants what’s right.

    This film is a superbly acted, exciting and violent ride! In the pursuit of justice, there will be blood. But this time, you’ll be rooting for the good guy, and I, a fifty years young woman, loved every minute of it!

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