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“The Equalizer”

In the cinema, this year, I don’t think I can say I’ve seen a horrible movie. I’m discerning with which film I invest my time with. However, I haven’t seen anything yet that has been ground-breaking.

Today’s film, “The Equalizer”, is of the standard “one-man-army” sub-genre of action films. Denzel Washington plays a mysterious, yet good-natured man working in a hardware store who, through a strangely familiar set of circumstances, ends up showing his roots as a baddie beatin’ bad-ass.

You may think you're cool. But you're not Denzel Washington walking inexplicably away from an explosion.

You may think you’re cool. But you’re not Denzel Washington walking inexplicably away from an explosion.

“Strangely familiar” as there are various plot lines and tropes in this film which have similarities to others I have seen or heard of, besides the simple fact that it is of its genre. I won’t spoil anything, but one major part of this movie has an uncanny resemblance to “Taxi Driver”, a film that is far superior to this one.

This film isn’t bad, though. The violence, particularly in the exceedingly long finale, can be over-the-top at times, but it is at least stylishly handled by the director of “Training Day”. Washington, as always, is brilliant. Even in bad films he can be a shining star of gravitas.

That this film is similar to others need not be a downside. I understand that all art is inspired by others. “On the shoulders of Giants” as Isaac Newton and my Grandfather have both been quoted as saying.

Recommended Scenario: When you want to watch a pretty decent action movie starring a man who actually knows how to act!

If what I have written tells you that you would like this film, you can book tickets to see it at your local Cineworld here.                                                                                       Cineworld

2 comments on ““The Equalizer”

  1. Blogreplier1001
    October 13, 2014

    Maybe.

    Like

  2. George Georgiou
    October 13, 2014

    Not bad for an action movie! Liked it

    Like

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This entry was posted on October 13, 2014 by in Film Review, Released in 2014.
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