As a fan of the ‘80s television show, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the film version of “The Equalizer,” an above-average actioner that manages to maintain the heart of the series while beating an air of superhero mystique into its storyline pulse.
Denzel Washington plays Robert McCall, a reserved man living in solitude within an urban environment. McCall leads a quiet life in an ordinary job; his inability to sleep routinely leads him to a diner in the early morning hours to sit quietly while reading a book and drinking tea. While this inability to sleep and his solitary life may hint at a past he’d rather not remember, McCall’s precision in preparing his tea by meticulously folding a tea bag into a napkin brought from home and arranging his place setting at the diner is more an ordered conditioning than O.C.D. After striking up a conversation with Teri (Chloe Moretz), a young escort who also frequents the diner at the same time as McCall, McCall learns of Teri’s ambitions for a life beyond her circumstances. Continue reading