The casting and characterisations in this film are terrible. There are two worlds in this film. One is inhabited by the usual psychopathic Russians criminals. The second is a strange Hallmark style group of cardboard 'nice people' in a garden centre; and in the middle is the great Denzel trying to bring them both together. It's a bit of a mess and not always fun.
It's official - Robert McCall is the hardest man ever in the history of cinema! Sure it's a macho excursion through yet another clichéd criminal underworld with the ex-special ops good guy who has turned his back on that life, but McCall is a good man who does bad things to bad people. That's why we will always root for him. Loved it.
"The Equalizer" is more for the heart than for the brain. Heart: action & entertainment at its best; cool, cooler, McCall. Brain: you know from the beginning what will happen (the only thing you don't know is, how it will happen); also a bit stereotyped. I don't mind, beause what we can see here is perfect acting, violence, blood, firefight; if you will, a sort of "peckinpahesk" thriller. Not at all a bad choice.
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.
La mise en scène, proche d'un film de super héros, qui met le récit en abîme, sauve certainement ce polar urbain ultramusclé qui n'a rien à envier aux pires films de Charles Bronson, sur le fond. On se demande se que fait Denzel Washington dans ce type de nanars...
"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.