The Equalizer was an American television series that ran between 1985 and 1989 and starred Edward Woodward as Robert Mc Call, a middle aged man with a mysterious past who helped people in trouble.

Now in 2014 we have a reboot that brings the series into the 21st Century.

Denzil Washington, teaming up with his Training Day director Antoine Fuqua now plays Mc Call and it's obvious from the outset that he is a man who thinks of others before himself. McCall works at a local Home Mart store where he is helping a fellow employee Ralphie (Johnny Skourtis) lose weight so that he can apply for a job as a security guard. He is also a man who appears to have a bit of a problem with OCD as he goes to the same diner every night, takes his own tea bag out his pocket and gets the waiter to pour him a mug of hot water. It's in the diner that he meets Teri (Chloƫ Grace Martinez), a tart with a heart who is being pimped out by the Russian Mafia. It's during their conversations that we find out a bit more about Mc Calls past. His wife has recently died and he's taking to reading the one hundred books that you must read before you die, is dead wife got to number 97 before she shuffled off this mortal coil (what a bummer).

After Teri is beaten up by some mafia hoods Mc Call sets out, on public transport (no bat mobile for this action hero), to try and sort it out. Unfortunately Mc Calls not very good at negotiating and within minutes of his meeting with the Russians people are having corkscrews and glass bottles shoved where they shouldn't be.

The problem for Mc Call is that he hasn't just confronted some two bit hoods but instead he has taken out the American arm of the Russia mafia. Mc Calls summary justice has now left the Russians unable to run their prostitution and drugs rackets and in an effort to get their business up and running and to find out who killed their men the Russians send across Teddy (Marton Csokas).

What follows is pretty violent stuff as pantomime villain Teddy and Mc Coll set about brutally killing, in the most grotesque ways possible, anyone that crosses their paths.

The Equalizer continues the trend for ageing actors kicking ass, The Expendables and any recent Liam Neeson film spring to mind. That said Washington, who is now in his late 50s, never looks out of place when he's dispatching some goon with a borrowed sledge hammer or power drill. As you can gather The Equalizer has its violent moments and takes its 15 certificate to the limit. However it's all good fun and I for one look forward to The Equalizer calling again.





The Equalizer (15)

Director: Antoine Fuqua
Starring: Denzel Washington, Chloe Grace Moretz, Melissa Leo


UK Release: Friday 26th September 2014

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