The Equalizer

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The Equalizer is more stylishly violent than meaningful, but with Antoine Fuqua behind the cameras and Denzel Washington dispensing justice, it delivers.



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In The Equalizer, Denzel Washington plays McCall, a man who believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life. But when McCall meets Teri (Chloë Grace Moretz), a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can't stand idly by - he has to help her. Armed with hidden skills that allow him to serve vengeance against anyone who would brutalize the helpless, McCall comes out of his self-imposed retirement and finds his desire for justice reawakened. If someone has a problem, if the odds are stacked against them, if they have nowhere else to turn, McCall will help. He is The Equalizer. (c) Sony

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Denzel Washington
as Robert McCall
Bill Pullman
as Brian Plummer
Melissa Leo
as Susan Plummer
Vladimir Kulich
as Vladimir Pushkin
E. Roger Mitchell
as Lead Investigator
James Wilcox
as Pederson
Mike Morrell
as HM Brian
Shawn Fitzgibbon
as Little John Looney
Timothy John Smith
as Detective Gilly
Timothy Smith
as Detective Gilly
Robert Wahlberg
as Detective Harris
Steve Sweeney
as Counterman
Luz Sanchez
as Ralphie's Mom
John Romauldi
as Agent Mosley
Johnny Messner
as P&E Worker
Patrick Coppola
as Homeowner
Jenny Johnson
as Reporter
Peter Haydu
as Bank Officer
Tait Fletcher
as Teddy's Guy
Mark Stefanich
as Teddy's Guy
Dan Bilzerian
as Teddy's Guy
Matthew Leonard
as Teddy's Guy
Elisala Baker
as Teddy's Guy
Yan Dron
as Teddy's Guy
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Critic Reviews for The Equalizer

All Critics (197) | Top Critics (43)

  • The movie's all about reading, especially with a critical eye, but when you take too close a look at its disparate parts, they neither add up nor have anything constructive to teach.

    Jul 19, 2016 | Full Review…
  • The director, Antoine Fuqua, relies on small details, which anchor the vigilante-as-saint myth in at least a minimal degree of reality.

    Sep 29, 2014 | Full Review…

    David Denby

    New Yorker
    Top Critic
  • "[Washington] projects the same kind of dignified gravitas whether he's playing Malcolm X or pulverising someone's skull with a Black & Decker drill."

    Sep 28, 2014 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • Fuqua infuses The Equalizer with a low-key energy and is in no hurry to rush into things.

    Sep 26, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • When was the last time you saw a lone hero stride toward the climactic killing ground in slow motion? Yesterday? An hour ago?

    Sep 26, 2014 | Full Review…
  • It gets sillier as it goes along, but it's never not entertaining.

    Sep 26, 2014 | Full Review…

    Alonso Duralde

    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Equalizer

  • Jan 20, 2019
    Expected pretty good, got very good. Can't call The Equaliser a perfect movie, but I love me a mixed bag of content like this.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 18, 2017
    Squadrons of foreign baddies are coldly dispensed with using extreme prejudice, left and right, up and down, our hero a cynical garbage collector and no more. As cookie cutter as they come, this genre apparently a cash cow for all of Hollywood.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Jan 13, 2017
    A vigilante action thriller that gets going very slowly and easily could have clocked in under two hours, but can rely on a charismatic leading man. Especially during the showdown the violence is surprisingly brutal, but there is little excitement building up, because our hero is so godamn cool and competent in each of its slow-motions, that you never doubt he could succeed. That's rather entertaining but could have been much cooler with more interesting minor characters and a little more threat.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • May 22, 2015
    Excellent. One of the best action films you'll ever see. Denzel is great here, and personally, I think this might be one of the best performances of his career.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer

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