“A man believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and has dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life. But when he meets a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can’t stand idly by – he has to help her.”
If you ever wondered with a combination between Training Day and Man on Fire would be, with a touch of not taking itself as serious, and some great classic action movie glory shots…you have The Equalizer. This movie is very much an Antoine Fuqua film, which is not a bad thing, just a very distinct thing. He does however do a very good job at the classic action movie shots. The walk away from explosion and such, don’t think however that that is all this movie is. Most of it is a very well paced look into the life of Robert, and the duality he faces on a daily bases of bringing out the best and truth in people while having to hide and suppress his own. Watching his decent back into the life he so masterfully eluded is really a lot of fun and makes you feel very invested in the character. Some of the side characters can be a bit forgettable, but all in the development of the characters your meant to care for is done well enough. Some parts of the movie ask you to suspend some belief which is a bit strange seeing how believable the other action pieces are meant and made to be. All in all though this is a thoroughly enjoyable and solid action/thriller, that will keep you if nothing else entertained until the very end.
Review Score : 8 out of 10