Solid Washington in mediocre 'Equalizer'

September 24, 2014 10:42 AM

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If you were lucky enough to catch Denzel Washington in "A Raisin in the Sun" on Broadway, you saw the hugely charismatic actor portray, in an iconic role, the full complexity of a human being: strengths and weaknesses, attributes and flaws, durability and vulnerability. All topped off, of course, with that boyish Washington charm.

Alas, Washington doesn't always choose big-screen roles similarly worthy of his unique talent. This is especially true of "The Equalizer," a mediocre thriller that tries to establish the 59-year-old actor as a middle-aged action hero, a la Liam Neeson. Here, we get to see Washington kill a lot of pe...

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