Some movies only work because they have a star of unparelled power. “The Equalizer” is one of those movies. I don’t know how many people Denzel Washington kills in this movie, but he does it with such awesome charm and determination I did not care..
His character, Robert, is not given much of a history as to how he became so good at killing, which is the movie’s main flaw. Still, the film works because of Denzel Washington. He is one of the top stars in Hollywood you want on your side in a fight.
This movie has a lot of shades of other movies as well. We see some of “Taxi Driver” when he is talking to Alina (Chloe Grace Moretz). She is a young prositute (like Jodie Foster was in “Taxi Driver”) who wants out, but the boss won’t let her. Enter Washington, in a scene that will shake you to your bone, but won’t disappoint. There is also a little bit of “Gran Tarino” as well, another movie about an old guy you don’t want to mess with.
Parents, this movie is bloody, but not like “Braveheart” bloody. It does have a lot of swears, and some woman who dress provocativly, but I think high schoolers may be ok with it.
Is the movie great? No. Does it entertain? Yes, and it is mainly because of the star power and awesomeness that is Denzel Washington. I took a younger friend to see this movie, and I told him the moral: Don’t mess with the Denzel.
Overall: 3 Stars ***