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Equalizer, The (15)

Action, Crime, Thriller

A man believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and has dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life. But when he meets a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can't stand idly by - he has to help her.

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The critical consensus

Though overstretched and a trifle ponderous, this is a solidly acceptable star vehicle with more than enough righteous vengeance for an evening of classy thrills.

***(*)(*)Kim Newman, Empire Online, 22/09/2014

Washington is an effective killing machine: a Dirty Harry with a Death Wish. Fuqua expertly cranks up the tension, while conveniently overlooking any pesky moral issues that McCall's behaviour raises. It’s about as subtle as a bulldozer.

***(*)(*)James Mottram, The List, 22/09/2014

Denzel Washington has chops to burn but a promising first act degenerates into generic action with more spills than thrills.

***(*)(*)Jamie Graham, Total Film, 26/09/2014

No great shakes but not a complete dud, this is relatively superior by-the-till DVD fodder. Faint praise, indeed.

**(*)(*)(*)Adam Lee Davies, Little White Lies, 25/09/2014

Washington is as watchable as ever, and it’s stylishly directed by his Training Day director Antoine Fuqua, but unlike the TV show further instalments would not be welcome.

**(*)(*)(*)Henry Fitzherbert, Daily Express, 25/09/2014

The plotting makes no sense whatsoever, but you can’t help but admire the ingenuity with which Fuqua uses the implements in the DIY store (everything from wire meshing to garden furniture) in the very violent, very stylish final-reel shoot-out.

***(*)(*)Geoffrey MacNab, The Independent, 25/09/2014

here is something deeply ugly and crass in director Antoine Fuqua’s fatuous drama-thriller.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 25/09/2014

Heaven knows what Edward Woodward would have made of it, but personally I’ll take this over A Walk Among the Tombstones any day.

**(*)(*)(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 28/09/2014

Ferociously overdirected, The Equalizer is held together by Washington’s charisma, but it’s still a clunker with no sense of balance.

***(*)(*)Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 29/09/2014

Getting even has rarely been so dull.

***(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 30/09/2014

Features about Equalizer, The (15)

Denzel Washington on Equalizer: 'We had Navy Seals train us'

Steve Rose, The Guardian, 25/09/2014

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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