The Equalizer’ an exercise in overkill, literal and figurative

September 26, 2014 6:11 AM

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The Equalizer’ an exercise in overkill, literal and figurative

Anyone ancient enough to remember when “The Equalizer” was a terrific prime-time procedural — and to have harbored special feelings for Denzel Washington since his days on “St. Elsewhere” — will understand when I describe Antoine Fuqua’s big-screen adaptation of the show as an exercise in missed opportunities.

Now nearing 60, Washington is a credible, even inspired choice to play Robert McCall, here a clerk at a Boston big box home construction store, whose banal working-stiff persona belies a darker, more shadowy past. Washington carries with him not just native sex appeal and charisma, but decades’ wort...

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