Dull violence executed with a dated style by a hit-or-miss director - yawn. Washington is passable, but not nearly worth the praise he has been getting here. Generic as hell, couldn't care less how it wrapped up - just that it couldn't come soon enough.
The greatest action movies all share one thing in common: urgency. This film has none because we never for a second believe that Robert will fail in his mission or fail to protect the people he cares about in any significant way. Even the action scenes are perfunctory and uninspired (what a waste of a perfectly good power-drill kill). A total wash.
You could make the case for Antoine Fuqua as one of our more reliable vulgar auteurs, his filmography home to many guilty pleasures. But his latest effort, a variation on the "Taken" formula with Denzel Washington in the lead, is undone by a preposterously bloated runtime, and a climax that truly does play out like an Eighties slasher movie where Denzel stalks and kills a bunch of Russian goons in a Home Depot store
The mother of all badasses, usual loner-killer- -but-with-heart-o'-gold-did-a-promise-to-defunct-wife-he's-gonna-behave-henceforth-unless-*insert That exception*-so-now-i'll-obliterate-E V E R Y guy that ever misbehaved> Guy single-handedly shuts down an entire Russian Crime family while reading literature (from Hemingway to Ellison)and doing the day-shift at HomeMart wearin' a Suunto>talk about being THE Übermensch!
Exciting programmer that serves as a showcase for Denzel Washington in a rousing performance well tuned to his skills. Fuqua who has had a questionable filmography delivers the goods here well served by its mainstream scripting and moody cinematography by Fiore. The film's success though solely rests on Washington's shoulders who plays well to type here. Leave logic behind though....of course.
"Deja Vu 2: Eli on Fire." Make no mistake, "The Equalizer" can be overly familiar, but Fuqua's stylish direction and patience for character, combined with absolutely stellar performances across the board -- particularly from Chloë Grace Moretz -- make it a deeper, more rewarding "Taken" retread that completely blindsided me. Splattery, grim excellence.