With a slightly modified backstory lifted from the 1980s US TV series itself recycling a Death Wish Bronson type, Washington plays a loner who can mete out punishment. What’s got him riled up is the mistreatment of a platonic hooker friend (Moretz). His endearing habits, like checking off his list of 100 books to read before you die, make him a nerd by any other name – if he weren’t Denzel. The Russian crooks he destroys, including Csokas, don’t have a chance. You’re surprised?
The Equalizer | Directed by Antoine Fuqua (USA 2014) with Denzel Washington, Chloe Grace Moretz, Marton Csokas. Starts October 9.
Originally published in issue #131, October 2014.