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529 Ratings

The Equalizer

Directed by Antoine Fuqua
United States, 2014


A former black ops commando who faked his death for a quiet life in Boston comes out of his retirement to rescue a young girl and finds himself face to face with Russian gangsters.

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The Equalizer Directed by Antoine Fuqua

Critics reviews

All [Washington’s character] has in director Antoine Fuqua’s tedious action film are interchangeable Russian scumbags to impale, and impale them he does (one with a wine corkscrew). The vigilante reckoning gets more ridiculous with an impromptu excursion to a secluded mansion and some ominous porch conversations about “the Agency.” These murky mano-a-manos require no further explanation, apart from why they were shot in a poorly lit Home Depot-like superstore…
September 11, 2014
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Looking back, it’s hard to believe that Training Day was as watchable as it was… But Antoine Fuqua can’t direct, and this is abundantly clear in the opening seconds of The Equalizer. He and cinematographer Mario Fiore botch the standard-issue, over-the-bridge establishing shot with a lens flare that is more than phony. It’s so fuzzy and oversaturated that it makes the screen look filthy.
September 08, 2014
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Ponderously overlong and not even half as much fun as it should have been… What keeps the film watchable through it all is Washington, arguably the last of the classical movie stars, who manages to bring almost every role he plays excitingly to life (even one as dreary as this).
September 07, 2014
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