Had a chance to see The Equalizer today. I remember watching the TV show back when, though I don’t recall a lot of details about it now, so I can’t say how well the movie follows the pattern of the series.
What I can say is that Denzel Washington is awesome, and the movie is both violent and bloody. Much more bloody than I expected. That doesn’t bother me much, but if you don’t really like blood and gore, you may not like The Equalizer.
The movie is a tad too long; they probably could have shaved a few minutes off the beginning of the movie and it wouldn’t have hurt the story one bit. Also, when Denzel’s Robert McCall is dispatching Russian mobsters, he does so with a dispassion bordering on the psychopathic, which is a little off-setting for someone who’s supposed to be equalizing the odds for the little guy. Chloe Grace Moretz has an underwhelming role of a Russian prostitute-victim whom McCall decides to help, and who basically disappears during the heart of the story.
Still, it’s an enjoyable, if bloody, action film that starts a little slow but soon gains momentum. If you’re a fan of Denzel Washington or violent action movies, it’s easily worth the price of a matinee ticket.