Review: Denzel Washington can't quite save 'The Equalizer'

September 26, 2014 2:40 AM

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There are a couple of obvious points to be taken from "The Equalizer," the new film adaptation of the 1980s television show about a retired intelligence agent who helps people in trouble.

First off, any character played by Denzel Washington is smarter than you, not afraid of you and -- in this case -- in possession of a moral compass normally reserved for holy men living on mountaintops. The audience would do practically anything for a moment of his time or a kind word. Anything.

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