Murda Takes Actions : The Equalizer (2014)
Comedians and hosts of the podcast Denzel Washington Is The Greatest Actor Of All Time Period, W. Kamau Bell and Kevin Avery have made it their mission to present this as more fact than opinion. And while I am FAR from a Denzel Washington completest, I can’t find a reason to disagree. Let me just do a quick run-down of D. Wash’s stats to further the point.
He has 56 acting credits and 4 director credits as of today.
He has two Academy Awards.
He has two Golden Globes.
He has a goddamn Tony.
He was awarded the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 2016.
That right there is a MOTHER FUCKING CAREER! I won’t go into my feelings on why he should have THREE Academy Awards instead of two...
Just kidding! I will... Al Pacino. SERIOUSLY? Does anyone even remember Scent of a Woman?! Malcolm X is a friggin' masterpiece, and Denzel is a revelation in it.
Fans of the aforementioned podcast know that Bell and Avery have divided Denzel’s career into four phases. The Equalizer falls into the current era of Denzel’s filmography, which they labeled the “Old Man Action Era.” I kind of feel like this sums up the film. What’s the point of me even doing a review? Why is Denzel Washington still so badass? Will we ever know Who’s the Boss? (It's Angela)
The Equalizer reunites Denzel Washington with Training Day director Antoine Fuqua, and is based on the 1980s television series with the same name. Denzel plays Robert McCall, an ex-CIA agent who has opted for a regular ole’ Joe Plummer life, working as a salesman for not Home Depot. Robert McCall is a good guy. He reads books. He goes to the same diner every day. He cares about his friend’s well-being. And all this good guy crap makes the action sequences even sweeter.
During one of McCall’s trips to the diner he notices that another regular, Alina, played by Chloe Grace Moretz, comes in with her face beaten to hell. And what do we know about McCall? He is a good guy, and he cares about his friend’s well-being. So McCall takes it upon himself to correct, or ya’ know equalize, the situation. McCall ends up murdering Alina’s pimp boss, aka Boston’s top Russian mobster. McCall’s fight moves in this first action scene are the perfect blend of Sherlock Holmes' precision, and John Wick’s killer instinct. Suffice it to say, I was hooked.
McCall is soon involved in a cat and mouse game with Russian assassins. And though the film is fairly predictable from there, the action sequences are worth the bloated run time alone. Fuqua and Denzel are currently in post on The Equalizer 2, and you can bet your sweet ass I'll be there for opening weekend.