Friday, October 17, 2014

The Equalizer (2014) Movie Review

Genre: Action, Thriller
Language: English
Starring: Denzel Washington, Marton Csokas, Chloë Grace
Story (may contain spoilers!): 
Denzel Washington plays a retired government black ops agent who lives a normal quiet life working at the Home Mart where he helps one of his co-worker, Ralphie to try to achieve being a security guard for the company.

During the nights, Robert McCall (Denzel's character) is unable to sleep and goes out every night to the diner nearby to read a book with some tea and does this on an everyday basis. Among the regulars there is a prostitute name Teri where her real name is Alina. Alina aspires to be a singer one day and one night decides to chat with McCall a little more after the night before where she had to attend to an abusive client with the instruction of her employer.
That night, McCall decided to walk Alina home when along came the employer who's Russian mafia where the turf over there is being managed by Slavi. They took her away and after that night, McCall didn't manage to see Alina at the diner anymore. McCall went about his life until one night, the owner of the diner tells McCall that Alina's in hospital. Beaten up real bad. McCall visits Alina and then decides to intervene instead of just sit back and watch the world go by.

He starts off by going over to Slavi's office which is atop a restaurant owned by the Russian mafia and makes an offer of $9800 to buy Alina's freedom. But Slavi rejected the offer and on his way out, McCall stopped dead at his tracks, decided to turn back and murder all of the people there.
Pretty soon, the news got to the head honcho, Pushkin, who decides to dispatch Teddy, who used to be ex-secret service to find who's responsible, clean up the mess and make a statement to never mess with the Russians.

Pretty soon, Teddy finds out of McCall's involvement and the battle of wits and killer skills begins.

Not sure what's wrong with me and movies nowadays, a lot of movies don't seem to live up to my expectation anymore. Hence, the deterioration of my frequency in attending movie screenings. Anyway, this one, I guess it's pretty okay. It has that one man can conquer it all feel like how I like it to be in The Punisher but I wish the bad guy was more menacing and intelligent than being easily outsmarted and outgunned everytime. Sure, the protagonist did bleed a bit but it looks like he wanted it that way with his calm demeanor than actually being trumped on his skillset. Anyway, Denzel Washington is truly a very talented actor and I enjoyed his acting even though overall, the movie just lacks the wow factor that I so longingly hoped for.

I give this movie 3 stars out of 5. Loved the one guy being great in tactics and skillsets and Denzel Washington's acting. It made the cool, loner guy character cool again.