Denzel Washington’s freelance righter of wrongs cracks open a can of whup-ass on a bunch of bad’uns in The Equalizer, an ultra-violent update of the 1980s Edward Woodward TV series. Seemingly a humble worker in a Boston home-depot store, he is actually a former black ops agent living in self-imposed retirement. But he brushes off his commando skills to come to the aid of Chloë Grace Moretz’s troubled prostitute and mete out retribution to her vicious Russian pimp and his thugs. What follows is brutal, overlong and utterly humourless, but Washington pulls off his role with preternatural cool, using household objects and power tools to dispatch his foes and walking away from explosions without flinching. For those left unimpressed by these feats, however, his noble vigilante couldn’t be a more absurd fantasy figure were he clad in a comic-book superhero’s cape and tights.
Certificate 15. Runtime 132 mins. Director Antoine Fuqua.
Available on Digital HD, DVD & Blu-ray from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
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