“The Equalizer” is a show I thought I remembered quite well from my childhood. But sitting down and actually thinking about it, I don’t remember as much as I thought I did – outside of the opening credits sequence, which had me terrified to ever ever visit New York City. But I do seem to recall that Edward Woodward played the role with very little action. He solved problems with fine pistol work and some detectiving but mostly psychological intimidation. He was kind of old, so he didn’t really get into a lot of martial arts combat or fisticuffs. It seems that the new Denzel version of The Equalizer may be going down the road of the latter… but maybe not.
Have a look at the trailer below and see what you think. I do like Denzel. He’s one of the few I’ll see just about anything that he’s in, just because he’s in it. That said, this trailer doesn’t get me too excited. It looks like just another guy kicks the bad guys’ asses (Taken 3?). Also, can we get a moratorium on the “Sherlock” vision thing now? It was refreshing at first, but now it’s been done a few times and starting to get pretty stale.
Still, I’ll be in for this. I’m sure it’s a good watch and time will tell. But I think I would’ve preferred a more subtle angle for The Equalizer. Directed by Antoine Fuqua, the film also stars Melissa Leo, Chloë Grace Moretz and hey, it’s Bill Pullman!