Review: 'The Equalizer' ★★

September 26, 2014 7:08 PM

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Based loosely on the 1985-1989 television series, on which Edward Woodward never stuck garden shears in an enemy's throat and never, ever stabbed anyone through the neck with a corkscrew, "The Equalizer" smells like a hit. But I wish it had one completely honest scene, where (for example) someone asks the avenging angel-hero: "Who are you?" And he answers: "I'm Denzel Washington. And Denzel Washington can make even this thing watchable."

More and more with action pictures, there's a test the filmmakers either pass or fail — a moral intelligence exam dealing with the way the movie rewards its customers with the stuff the people have paid to consume, i.e., the violence. Early on in "The Equalizer," directed by Antoine "Training Day" F...

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