Doesn’t hold up to a second viewing very well, but I like Denzel and I like it when he equalizes things.
He’s a man who sits outside of society, fixing its problems one by one. Denzel is warm and charming but ultimately lonely, and The Equalizer captures that feeling in its own way. The external shots of the diner he frequents look like Hopper’s “Nighthawks” and I love it.
Some bad dialogue and a strangely paced plot stand out even more this time around, but I like that the film doesn’t quite adopt the tone you’d expect from it.
There’s a sequel which I have just been sent on DVD, review coming soon I guess…