I really love it when an action flick is more than just an action flick and this version of The Equalizer did just that. There was a ton of character development, which is an unexpected bonus in a movie like this. Really, I would almost classify The Equalizer as a drama with intense periods of action and fight scenes.
I think the script took the center stage here, which is nice to see in any movie. Not just for character development, but also for linking the various tangents together. Action films aren’t really known for their in-depth stories, after all. Add to that a director who knows what he’s doing – Antoine Fuqua – and a lead actor with decades of experience – Denzel Washington – and you get a potent mix for a finished movie.
I won’t go into any spoilers, but if you’re looking for a kickass movie with great story, this is definitely the one for you. It’s definitely a hard R due to the violence – it gets pretty graphic – so I wouldn’t take any kids under 15yo to this one.
Oh! As a surprise (to me, anyhow), Bill Pullman makes a brief, but really awesome appearance. I think it’s the shortest role I’ve ever seen him in.