Star actor Denzel Washington once again returns to the big screen as a butt-whipping tough guy. Having been in similar skin for his previous works such as Man on Fire (2004) or the science fiction film The Book of Eli (2010), this time Denzel is the main hero of this action thriller called The Equalizer, set on the mean streets of New York.
The film is directed by Antoine Fuqua, the American director behind the highly acclaimed Training Day (2001). Starring stars such as Denzel Washington himself, Ethan Hawke who played in Shooter (2007) and Olympus Has Fallen (2013), alongside the likes of Gerard Butler and the unmistakable Morgan Freeman.
The plot is based on the popular television series of the same name, broadcast by CBS back in the mid-eighties. Robert McCall (Denzel Washington) is a retired CIA agent who lives a peaceful live, as far away from his violent and shady past, working in a department store.
However, witnessing the mean streets, full of violence, gangs, corruption and psychopaths stir up old habits. Our hero returns to his old ways as a protector of the defenseless. Everything gets complicated when a young prostitute, played by the young Chloë Moretz (Kick Ass, Carrie) and the hero cross paths with the leader of the Russian Mafia.
The script is the work of Richard Wenk, who has extensive experience in the action genre, with sucker-punching titles such as The Expendables 2 behind him. The cast, led by the aforementioned Denzel Washington and Chloë Moretz, is made up of Marton Csokas (The Bourne Supremacy), Melissa Leo (The Fighter) and Haley Bennett.
Apart from a complete beat-down, the trailer also showcases one of Eminem’s most recent works, a collaboration with Sia for the official soundtrack titled “Guts over Feat“.
The action-packed film will debut in major US theatres on the 26th of September, while most of Europe will have to await the 17th of October for their dose of action and suspense with the blockbuster-grade actor Denzel Washington.