Being a true child of the 80s (I don’t call 80s music “retro”), I followed a television series called The Equalizer starring the late great Edward Woodward as a retired covert ops man who literally “equalizes” various situations in people’s lives when no other legal recourse is available. So when I heard Hollywood was going to make movie out of it, I went like, yeah. When I heard it was Russell Crowe who was trying to bring the TV series to the big screen together with writer/director Paul Haggis, I went like, bleah. Suffice it to say I am not a big fan of either Crowe or Haggis.
At the same time, I will admit that I am a huge Denzel Washington fan; in my book he is certain among the best actors of his generation. The man brings excellence to just about every role he’s ever been in, from a South African activist (Cry Freedom (1987)) to a wrongly imprisoned boxer (The Hurricane (1999)) to a sleazy corrupt cop (Training Day (2001)).
So I am thankful the big-screen incarnation of The Equalizer reunites Washington with Training Day director Antoine Fuqua instead of Crowe and Haggis. The presence of the equally versatile Chloë Grace Moretz doesn’t hurt either. The first trailer for The Equalizer somehow reminds me of Man on Fire (2001) in which Washington’s character is incidentally also an ex-covert ops and is possibly the numero uno badass of all Hollywood badasses. Check out the trailer and you’ll see what I mean.