Excerpt: Denzel Washington es el principio y el fin de una película de justicieros a la antigua usanza, lenta y preparatoria primero, ultraviolenta cuando llega el momento. Buena propuesta, aunque igual pesada para algunos.
Excerpt: Writer Richard Wenk and director Antoine Fuqua apparently fancied this some kind of a junior ‘Taxi Driver,’ but, y’know, if Travis Bickle were just a chill, wise man of action. It’s morally bankrupt and aggressively stupid, but hey, at least it’s way too fucking long.
Excerpt: Fuqua reunites with his ‘Training Day’ star Denzel Washington and further strips down a premise that’s already pretty spare to begin with. What’s left is so thin and empty, a cloud of vapor would feel more substantial in comparison.
Excerpt: Washington’s undeniable star presence gives this all a little more gravitas than the script probably deserves. The result may be cartoonish, but entertaining at least. Does it need to be said that the denouement sets up for a sequel?
Excerpt: The Equalizer is still just a revenge picture—a very, very violent and stylish one—but helps create the illusion that it’s more than just Denzel Washington teaching corrupt pigs lessons, kicking Russian mob ass and not wasting time to take names. Even as just that, it’s a blast.
Excerpt: while there’s nothing particularly interesting happening on the surface level of “The Equalizer,” a subtext of strangeness runs below the action, and hanging over the top there’s such an insane, action genre one-upsmanship going on that it’s difficult not to be engage and even harder to look away.
Excerpt: At its heart it’s an action thriller and a leaner approach might have helped it make more of a more memorable mark. Nevertheless there’s enough going on in this solidly made, slickly presented film to keep both Washington and action thriller fans engaged.
Excerpt: The Equalizer is the kind of film that ends with the hero casually strolling home with a bag of groceries after slaughtering hundreds of bad guys, and we’re supposed to breathe a sigh of relief. Two hours of nonstop bloodshed is, apparently, exactly the right amount to ensure that peace wins out in the end.