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  1. mightymad
    September 15, 2014

    Regardless of this review… I just want to point out to the reviewer that Washington was doing Neeson-like action movies before Neeson was known to do actions movies – “Taken” was in 2008, but lest we forget “Man on Fire”, “Deja Vu”, “The Book of Eli”, “Safe House” and “2 Guns”.
    Not sure what you have in mind when you think of Denzel Washington flicks, Joseph… but, for the rest of us, that’s what we have in mind, and that’s being like this for awhile now.

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    • Joseph Belanger
      September 16, 2014

      I’m not sure I had anything specific in mind for this film but the pairing of Washington and Fuqua was Oscar worthy the first time around so I don’t think it would be too much of a stretch to hope for that again. I haven’t seen all the Washington films you’ve referenced but I would say Safe House and 2 Guns, despite their flaws, are attempts at plausibility, whereas The Equalizer seemed less concerned with that. I guess my ultimate hopes were for Washington to do something worthwhile again and this felt like he wasn’t trying whatsoever. Thanks for reading.

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  2. Ed Hayes
    September 26, 2014

    critics are idiots..and they are paid too

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    • Joseph Belanger
      September 26, 2014

      Critics are critics, not idiots. To be critical does not make one an idiot; it makes one discerning. Also, I paid out of pocket to see this film and nobody paid me for my opinion after the fact. Thanks for reading though!

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  3. movieme
    September 27, 2014

    The Equalizer deserves a better rating than what you gave it; perhaps you knew that and knew viewers would be quick to respond in favor of what is one of the best action thrillers many have seen in a while. People were gasping, laughing and applauding in the packed theatre. It’s a must see, people!

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    • Joseph Belanger
      September 27, 2014

      I don’t rate films to illicit responses from readers. I rate films based on my experience watching the film. I found this film to be very far fetched and poorly told. I also didn’t find the action particularly interesting either. Again, that’s my experience of the film. I’m happy to hear you and the audience you saw the film with enjoyed the film though. Thanks for reading!

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  4. ssdelta
    September 27, 2014

    One darn good movie!! The acting and direction were superior to that in Training Day. The Equalizer is done like a movie should be…entertaining. It will make you think too!

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  5. Josh
    October 2, 2014

    This review was spot on. Just a terrible story, plot, and overall movie. I wanted to leave several times and my friend fell asleep during it.

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    • Joseph Belanger
      October 2, 2014

      Finally! Someone who agrees with me! I saw it during TIFF and debated napping during it too. I stuck with it though. Unfortunately. Thanks for reading!

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  6. Suzanne
    October 19, 2014

    Sorry Joseph. Totally disagree with your review again. Well.. Maybe not totally.. Agreed it was not oscar worthy and people would be disappointed if they expected anything like Training Day. But come on .. When aren’t we asked to suspend belief in an non stop action movie these days? I think this serves up the perfect solution for those hungering for a good Action Revenge/ Vigilante film. In fact the kind of people who like this kind of film will be more then pleased because it delivers and then some! However this is not the kind of movie to go to if you are looking for any kind of deep meaning. But Denzel takes the Vigilante Movie to another Level. because he is such an incredibly solid actor. I loved watching him take out the bad guys. I thought the fight scenes were very well executed. What stood out to me was ALL the acting was excellent. The actor who played the nasty piece of work Teddy ( Marton Csokos I think ) was riveting. The casting director of this film really did her job well. Lasty , my eyes and movie companions eyes were glued to the screen the whole time. I think the mark of a great Director and Editor. Perhaps those looking for meaning and clever intelligent twists, should avoid the film! But for a good solid ( yes I will give you predictable) it more then delivers and Denzel is the man!

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    • Joseph Belanger
      October 19, 2014

      Thanks again for another great debate but I’m not going to budge on this one. The suspension of disbelief is not a given. I don’t expect to be intellectually challenged by a film like this but I do expect it to be remotely plausible. Let alone that the first 30-40 minutes of this film basically feature Washington reading books and helping a friend stick to his diet, everything that follows was just ridiculous to me. Denzel is not a young man and I don’t care if its ageist to say this but there is no way he can take down a dozen guys with guns with his bare hands. Most of the action that follows the first main sequence is implied and not seen on screen, which I thought was very lame and a real cheat to the audience. I know a lot of people have enjoyed this film but I thought it was poorly constructed and even more poorly executed. Unless you have knowledge of the TV series it is based upon, you have no idea why he is so damn good at killing people until about 20 minutes before it ends. So we’re supposed to just believe he’s just an amazing bad ass but then we don’t even get to see him be that bad ass. Like, how did he get an entire warehouse of mob thugs to surrender to him? We don’t know because they don’t show us. I will repeat again too that the last collaboration between Washington and this director led Washington to an Oscar win. It is not that much of a stretch to think they might recreate some of that same chemistry by working together. Anyway, as far as action movies go, this one was too brain dead for me to get on board with. This is not to say I don’t like action movies at all but just that insisting that one shut their brain off entirely to enjoy something is not really a strong defence for any film. Thanks again for reading and responding!

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  7. Mark Shestina
    May 25, 2018

    Are there 2 versions of this film.I have seen more of the kills at the end in one version.

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