Last week, we had Keanu Reeves battling Russian mobsters in John Wick and this week, we have the immensely talented Denzel Washington doing the same-for different reasons, of course. The Equalizer, based on a TV show of the same name starring Edward Woodward, brings together Washington and director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day fame) to offer a delightful vigilante drama, which is like a breath of fresh air for its lack of larger-than-life heroes mouthing cool one-liners. Robert McCall (Washington) is a widower and a former special operative, who is living a Spartan life in Boston and working at a hardware store during the day and sipping tea and reading classics at a diner during nights. The do-gooder and ostensibly mild-mannered McCall strikes up a friendship with teenage hooker Alina (Chloe Grace Moretz) and the two often discuss literature and life at the diner.
When Alina gets brutally beaten up by her pimp, a Russian gangster, McCall feels compelled to employ his dark skills to exact vengeance. Soon, before he knows it, he finds himself the subject of a manhunt launched by Teddy (Marton Csokas), a former Spetsnaz specialist-turned-Mob enforcer. Will McCall hold his own against the might of the Russian Mafia? Watch the film to find out.