Reviews: The Equalizer (2014)

equalizerReviews for this film from our members:

  • [New – 1/15/15] | Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]
  • José Arce @ [Spanish]
    • 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.
  • Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • 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.
  • Daniel Carlson @ Movie Mezzanine
  • Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • 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.
  • Carlos del Río @ El rincón de Carlos del Río [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Inverosímil, pero muy entretenida.
  • Jim Dixon @
    • 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?
  • Billy Donnelly @ This Is Infamous
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: [T]he buildup is superior to the payoff.
  • Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal
    • Excerpt: Denzel Washington is ‘The Equalizer,’ a vigilante confined to a tiresome narrative in which he tries to eradicate crime from his Boston neighbourhood.
  • Susan Granger @
    • Excerpt: Despite its formulaic structure/plot, Denzel Washington challengers Liam Neeson as the new aging action hero.
  • Vadym Grygoriev @ [Ukrainian]
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: As Denzel preyed upon the villians in the dark, I felt I was watching a slasher film. You know things have gone horribly wrong when you start to feel sorry for the bad guys.
  • Travis Hopson @ Examiner
    • Excerpt: Even if there aren’t many surprises The Equalizer is one kick-ass film from start to finish.
  • Blake Howard @ Graffiti With Punctuation
  • MaryAnn Johanson @
    • Excerpt: Yet another artifact of the long stagnation of Hollywood, which has been remaking the same movies over and over and over again for the past 30 years.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: The script is top-notch, the score is impressive, the acting is effective, all in all, The Equalizer is a great action thriller.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • 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.
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @
  • Brent McKnight @ Beyond Hollywood
    • 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.
  • Ryan McNeil @ The Matinee
    • Excerpt: Is there anything more disappointing in this world than a broken promise?
  • Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film
    • 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.
  • Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: All things being equal…
  • Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
    • Excerpt: The Equalizer suggests that the line between a “Denzel Washington film” and a “Liam Neeson movie” is slowly becoming a fine one.
  • Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys
    • Excerpt: While affectionate in its conventionality, this film grows absurd and nonsensical, saved from being a complete disaster only by the engaging, charismatic Denzel Washington.
  • Jason Pirodsky @
    • 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.
  • Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
    • Excerpt: Denzel Washington in a remake of “The Toolbox Murders.”
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Seems to beg for a ‘used’ label, not primarily because it’s based on an old TV show, but because it stubbornly embraces the tired tropes of every dumb action movie Hollywood’s ever made.

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