BULLSEYE OR MISFIRE: The Equalizer Reviews
By Dr. Know on September 26th, 2014
When was the last time you saw a lone hero stride toward the climactic killing ground in slow motion? Yesterday? An hour ago?
It gets sillier as it goes along, but it’s never not entertaining.
I could have done without the barbed-wire noose and glass-shard fight on shattered mirrors. But I couldn’t have done without Washington, who, like Liam Neeson, has reached a new cruising altitude as a leading man.
If The Equalizer is the hit it should be, it will give this veteran action star his very first movie franchise.
This is a kid’s fantasy of how to be bigger and badder than anybody else. As for Washington, no doubt he now has his very own franchise.
The Equalizer is a slow-burn, B-movie hero origin story propped up by a great lead actor and some unique stylistic flourishes.
With intense character work and slick filmmaking, The Equalizer tells us everything we need to know without revealing too much.
Overlong at 131 minutes and frequently monotonous in its carnage, The Equalizer fails to deliver the basic thrills one would expect from a Denzel Washington action picture.
The Equalizer is more amusingly juiced-up than a charabanc full of drunken Elvis impersonators.
It isn’t often that we see a two-time Academy Award winner dragging a bad guy’s face across broken glass, and maiming another with a nail gun. Denzel Washington goes there with gusto in The Equalizer, a bloody study in vigilante justice.
Why should Liam Neeson have all the fun? Denzel is fun as vigilante killing machine.
The action sequences are handled well, and Washington — as always — makes the film immensely watchable. (Complete Content Review for Parents Also Available)
Director Antoine Fuqua handles it all with jaded skill, and at inordinate length but the film’s combination of silliness and extreme brutality is depressing.
Generic revenge porn that’s redeemed by its star, Denzel Washington.
There’s a crude, appealing simplicity to such a single-minded action movie, but it’s undone here by monotony.
As good as Washington is in everything he does — including this run-of-the-mill actioner — one wishes the talented actor would retire the action hero outfit as well.
Best seen by hard line action fans, and best avoided by those who are not.
It is an empty vessel with such a simplistic premise for what turns out to be a sadistic bloodbath.