The Equalizer - Review
The first two acts of Antoine Fuqua’s The Equalizer are imbued with a certain patience and solid direction, which is ultimately undone by its uninspired third act. In a similar vein to Liam Neeson’s Non-Stop earlier this year, the film gradually comes apart at the seams once the basic premise is expanded upon. Having said that, there is plenty to enjoy in this film, it was simply weighed down heavily by what I didn’t like. With dwindling returns at the box-office, it would seem that the market agrees.
and, in fact, I despised Olympus has Fallen) but it’s rarely the direction that I have a problem with - its more the lack of originality. In this case, the first forty minutes of The Equalizer shares a lot in common with Ben Affleck’s The Town, possibly because of the Boston setting but mostly the style and shot selection is quite similar. Fuqua is very good at establishing the world and tones of his films, but it’s the back-end where the issues always creep in. This film sees him reuniting with Denzel Washington after the success they shared with Training Day (again, another film I wasn’t enamoured with but definitely had its own personality). I’d be interested to see Fuqua tackle a more intimate story, perhaps with a lower budget, to really see what he can do. The most impactful moments in this film were the quieter scenes, which were focused on the character development rather the choppy action shenanigans.