Denzel Washington's The Equalizer Taps Into That Killer Die Hard Vibe

September 7, 2014 7:00 PM

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There’s a gripping scene in Antoine Fuqua’s justice thriller The Equalizer that’s so Macho, so Red-Blooded and – dare I say – so American that the only way to properly cleanse your palette after watching it is by eating a steak. It isn’t a short sequence, either. The final confrontation between Denzel Washington’s do-gooder and the Russian enforcer he’s opposing is a lengthy, choreographed battle of wits, brawn and endurance that takes place, fittingly, in a big-box tool warehouse.

It’s also the closest thing we have seen to a worthy successor to Die Hard since John McTiernan’s rocket-powered sequel, Die Hard With a Vengeance.

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