Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

The Equalizer (15) **

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

The Equalizer (15) **

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Byline: DAMON SMITH

DIRECTOR Antoine Fuqua, who guided Denzel Washington to the Oscar podium with Training Day, reunites with the charismatic actor for this gratuitously violent reimagining of the beloved 1980s TV series.

In a dizzying opening fight sequence, Washington inserts a corkscrew into one henchman's noggin and repeatedly pummels a couple more as if he was tenderising a steak. Screenwriter Richard Wenk, who co-wrote

The Expendables 2 with Sylvester Stallone, comes perilously close to the tongue-incheek tone of that film when Washington is asked by a work colleague how he hurt his bandaged hand and he drolly responds, "I hit it on something stupid".

We presume he means the script, considering the implausibilities of the final act, steeped in mindless and repetitive bloodletting. Robert McCall (Washington) has turned his back on his past as a covert government operative and has fashioned an unremarkable life in suburbia. …

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