He doesn’t wear a costume or even go by the titular moniker. All the same, Robert McCall, the ex-special-ops vigilante Denzel Washington plays in The Equalizer and its crummy new sequel, is essentially a superhero. Like Spider-Man, he seems to possess a kind of infallible danger sense, and he shares with Batman keen powers of deduction, a veritable black belt in martial arts combat, and a tragic backstory. By day, McCall reads literary classics and paints over gang graffiti on the side of his Brooklyn apartment complex. By night, he hands bullies their asses; the guy has a real knack for finding Boston’s most vulnerable and abused, and then hunting down their oppressors. Every superhero needs a gimmick, of course, and The Equalizer’s is especially mannered and pointless: He likes to time his righteous, bone-crunching rampages with a stopwatch. There’s a bit less bone crunching this time around, actually, and that’s not really a good thing. Loosely adapted from the late-’80s Edward Woodward TV crime drama of the same name, the first Equalizer was dismal trash: a particularly joyless entry in the post-Taken cycle of middle-aged ass-kicker movies. If there was any pleasure to be pulled from that mechanical parade… Read full this story
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