Directed by: Antoine Fuqua
Starring: Denzel Washington, Marton Csokas and Chloë Grace Moretz
Running Time: 2 hrs 11 min.
Imagine you are a skilled secret agent after your wife's tragic death gets tired, arrange your own death and start working at home improvement stores. It is perhaps unsatisfactory to drive a truck all day, but you will find a sentence in coaching your thick colleague who wants to become guardian, pepper him before the sample, suggests that he should stop eating chips. In the evenings, you encourage the Russian prostitute girl hanging on the same night as you open the coffee shop to go for music. You find joy in being a nice neighbor.
Something like it is for Bob McCall, a character originating in an American television series from the 80s, here played by Denzel Washington, who reunited with director Antoine Fuqua 13 years after "Training Day." These are new times in Boston. The Irish mafia has its usual branches within the police, but has his brutal Russian counterpart. When Alina (Chloë Grace Moretz) gets severely beaten by her pimp McCall reacts as a more balanced Travis Bickle in "Taxi driver". He takes the bus to the Russian Mafia headquarters. After 19 seconds, it just hands on McCalls advanced sports watch that is still moving.
Bob McCall is inventive and can do a lot with a seemingly harmless corkscrew. Not to mention the barbed wire and drills. One senses some inspiration from pretentious as "Old Boy." Just the fact that the final battle between McCall and his nemesis takes place in the pouring rain and compass of strings.
The almost always watchable Denzel Washington is now a senior in the same league as Liam Neeson and Bruce Willis. But the sometimes hysterical haircut is clearly an attempt to talk to the kids, "The Equalizer" turning to the two audience segments Hollywood prioritize: men 12-24 years and men 24 years and older. These groups are expected to also probably go running to see how beautiful whores get corrupted by ruthless men. It is in any case something that the film is very fond of showing off.
Russian is an old enemy in a new suit: now is not the KGB-gray without a war-damaged psychopath with scary tattoos. (Oligarch in the Mafia's top has the little subtle name Vladimir Pushkin.) But that's nothing that is not an edited American can put a stop to. The final cleanup I interpret as science fiction because it totally divorced from reality.