Those aren’t bad qualities in an action movie, as long as the filmmakers acknowledge what they’re offering and enjoy it. When they think they’re being dark and gritty, everybody’s in trouble. Especially the audience.
Denzel Washington reteams with his “Training Day” director Antoine Fuqua, playing another ruthless tough guy, albeit a much more noble (and less Oscar-worthy) one. Robert McCall lives alone in a modest Boston apartment, works at a home goods store and spends his sleepless nights reading at a diner.