Rent The Equalizer (2014)

3.7 of 5 from 780 ratings
2h 6min
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Synopsis:
McCall (Denzel Washington) has put his mysterious past behind him and is dedicated to living a new, quiet life. But when he meets Teri (Chloë Grace Moretz), a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can't stand idly by. Armed with hidden skills that allow him to serve vengeance against anyone who would brutalize the helpless, McCall comes out of his self-imposed retirement and finds his desire for justice reawakened. If someone has a problem, if the odds are stacked against them, if they have nowhere else to turn, McCall will help. He is The Equalizer.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, Tony Eldridge, Mace Neufeld, Alex Siskin, Michael Sloan, Steve Tisch, Denzel Washington, Richard Wenk
Writers:
Richard Wenk, Michael Sloan
Studio:
Sony
Genres:
Action & Adventure, Thrillers
BBFC:
Release Date:
26/01/2015
Run Time:
126 minutes
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English, English Hard of Hearing, Hindi, Polish
Bonus:
  • "Children of the Night": Chloe Grace Moretz discusses the real life research she did for her role as Teri
  • "Home Mart: Taking Care of Business One Bolt at a Time": See McCall's DIY self-defence techniques. From bolt guns to paint, you'll never look at hardware the same way again
BBFC:
Release Date:
26/01/2015
Run Time:
132 minutes
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English, English Hard of Hearing, Hindi, Polish
Bonus:
  • "Children of the Night"
  • "Home Mart: Taking Care of Business One Bolt at a Time"
  • "Vengeance Mode with Denzel Washington and Antoine Fuqua": Watch The Equalizer through the eyes of Robert McCall as Denzel Washington and Director Antoine Fuqua break down every deadly move
  • Denzel Washington: A Different Kind of Superhero
  • Equalizer Vision: Antoine Fuqua
  • Inside The Equalizer
  • One Man Army: Training and Fighting
  • Photo Gallery
BBFC:
Release Date:
30/07/2018
Run Time:
132 minutes
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
Languages:
Czech, English, English Audio Description, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian
Subtitles:
Arabic, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, English Hard of Hearing, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovakian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish
Bonus:
  • Deleted scenes
  • A Villain's Psychosis
  • Boston: On Location
  • A Modern Hero
  • Joining Forces Again: Denzel Washington and Antoine Fuqua
  • Playing the Part: The Cast of 'The Equalizer'
  • The Home Mart Advantage: The Action of 'The Equalizer'

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Reviews (6) of The Equalizer

good thriller worth watching - The Equalizer review by gazmb

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Very good thriller , well made and very well acted. He comes out of his self-imposed retirement and finds his desire for justice reawakened. He fights back against Russian gangsters to help a young girl he met that is caught up with the Russian gangsters and needs help to be free from them . Thats when the Equalizer steps in to help.

0 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

It was ok - The Equalizer review by Paljo

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On the plus side very atmospheric and great acting from Denzil Wahington. It creeps along very slowly for the first 30 minutes and some viewers may give up through boredom. When it all kicks off, there is the usual action stuff. Sadly, Mr McCall (the equaliser) has no depth to his character so one is left with just another shoot em up flick. I seem to remember Edward Woodward played this role on tv back in the day - and the scripts then were far superior.

1 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

Unexpectedly good - The Equalizer review by RT

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Being old enough to remember Edward Woodward, I was a little prepared to dislike this film. However, Denzel Washington is brilliant in the role. I thought he brought quite a reluctance and sadness into what he was doing, which really distinguished this film from the current crop of geriatric-revenge pap (eg the Taken series and the various copycats - we all hoped that genre had ended when poor old Charles Bronson turned up his toes). So, see it for Denzel's performance alone, if not for anything else.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

Critic review

The Equalizer review by Alyse Garner - Cinema Paradiso

Denzel Washington is the quiet and mysterious lead in this dark action-thriller where a warehouse worker takes it upon himself to save the life and morality of a prostitute under the control of a violent Russian gangster.

With a slow burning tension and a well-built sense of anticipation The Equalizer takes it’s time to develop character and tone; Washington’s McCall, a man with an unknown past and an inability to sleep, is precise and careful in his everyday life, choosing to spend his sleepless nights reading from his vast collection of novels in a dinging all night diner and his days doing thankless manual labour. He choose his words, his clothes, even his food, with careful deliberation, keeps his apartment clean and sparsely decorated, everything about his presentation points to an outward calm that hides an inner – and probably violent – struggle. His encounter with the pretty but bruised Teri (Chloe Grace Moretz) forces him out of this unqualified retirement and into a world populated by violence, gunfire and thugs.

A dark and well-constructed feature the Equalizer was better than I expected it to be. It held my attention and I found Washington’s character far more intriguing and compelling than the majority of his heroic peers. I appreciated the time the film makers took to develop the character and the combined use of camera work and Denzel’s on screen performance to keep the central focus on the character rather than action throughout the runtime.

With a couple of similarly well played supporting characters, notably that of Teddy (Martin Csokas) the huge, tattooed and quietly spoken mafia boss who holds power over Teri, the Equalizer is driven by character far more than plot.

One of the better thrillers of recent years it’s nice to Washington return to the roles he does best, utilizing his deep and enigmatic eyes to draw the audience in and imbuing his character with the kind of real personality that is missing from most contemporary films in the genre.

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