Movie Review: The Equalizer

Amber Gilliland
Special Assignments Reporter

The Equalizer
Action/Adventure, Suspense/Thriller

If you like tacky and gory violence, then The Equalizer is the movie for you.
In The Equalizer, Denzel Washington plays Robert McCall. He lives a seemingly normal life until he meets a prostitute named Teri, played by Chloë Grace Moretz. When Teri ends up in the hospital because of injuries from her pimp, McCall’s thirst for revenge is awakened. After getting revenge on Teri’s wrongdoers, McCall becomes the target of the Russian mafia and spends the movie serving vengeance and fighting for his life.
My favorite part of this movie was the previews beforehand. The movie moved so slow that I found myself zoning out during many parts. The movie had a few slightly funny moments to break up the slow moving plot, but it didn’t work well.
A few hints about McCall’s past are given throughout the film but leaves it to the viewer to put it all together. This made the movie feel choppy and left me with questions in parts.
Many parts of the movie were gory and I found myself cringing and turning away from the screen on more than one occasion.
Another thing that made this movie uncomfortable was baby-faced Mortez playing a prostitute. All I could think about during the movie was when Mortez played a child in the movie Kickass. Seeing her play a prostitute was strange.
Washington’s cool demeanor seemed forced in many scenes and came off as comical. I chuckled in many parts that were apparently supposed to be serious.
I lost count of how many tacky slow motion scenes there were. The film wouldn’t have been complete without the stereotypical scene where Washington nonchalantly walks away from an explosion he just caused and emerges heroically (in slow motion, of course) from the smoke.
The Equalizer was not the worst movie I have ever sat through, but it surely wasn’t the greatest. A few action scenes managed to pique my interest and keep me entertained for a few minutes.
The plot concept could have made for a pretty great movie, but The Equalizer just falls flat.
This movie was definitely a waste of $13. If you were planning on seeing The Equalizer, I suggest taking that money and buying a few lottery tickets. Trust me, it will be more exciting than watching this movie.

I give it a 2/5 stars.

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Movie Review: The Equalizer

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