Sunday, September 28, 2014
I vaguely remember my father was big on watching "The Equalizer" TV show which ran 4 seasons between 1985-1989, but I'm certain I never saw an entire episode, just snippets, as I walked through the living room as a kid. I can now follow that ignorance with not having seen the new movie starring Denzel Washington. However, our friends over at CutPrintFilm have seen and reviewed it, so The Equalizer becomes our exchange for this month, with CPF posting Tinsel & Tine's Hector and the Search for Happiness write-up. - Le Anne Lindsay, Editor
Posted By Chris Evangelista (CutPrintFilm)
“Who are you?!”
Everyone wants to know who Denzel Washington is in The Equalizer. At least five different people dramatically yell this at Washington right after he’s performed some impossible feat of violence. It’s a slightly fitting running theme, because the bad guys aren’t the only ones clueless as to who this character is—the film itself is right there with them.
Based on a popular TV show from the ‘80s, The Equalizer has Washington as Robert McCall. McCall works at a Home Depot-like store by day, and reads books by night. When he’s not reading books in his sparse apartment, he’s reading them at a greasy spoon diner while drinking tea. We know very little about this character at the start of the film, and by the end we somehow know even less. The only real thing we learn about Robert McCall is that he’s really good at murdering people. McCall seems like an amicable enough guy, even if he is a little introverted. He helps his coworker Ralphie (Johnny Skourtis) train to be a security guard, and he also strikes up pleasant conversations with Teri (Chloë Grace Moretz), an underage prostitute who occasionally comes into the diner. It’s McCall’s friendship with Teri that sets the film’s violent events into action...READ MORE
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