The Equalizer (2014) – Review

Forget Neeson. Don’t. Mess. With. DENZEL. Something I will almost certainly be taking into consideration having now seen the explosive new action-thriller, The Equalizer.

Two-time Academy Award-winner Denzel Washington is no stranger to action blockbusters, but his latest movie, The Equalizer, takes gun fights, explosions, and general ‘badassness’ to the next level.

Based on the 1980’s TV series, The Equalizer follows Robert McCall (Washington) who by all accounts is just your regular, kindhearted, average Joe, but as we’re all too aware, looks can more often then not be deceiving. Although in this instance, McCall is the quiet, reserved insomniac we’re lead to believe he is, except for one underlying character trait that makes him a nightmare for anyone praying on the innocent.

Denzel Washington stars in The Equalizer (2014) | Image © Sony Pictures, 2013.

Injustice doesn’t sit well with this knight in shining armor, so when an innocent young girl, caught up in the horrific world of sex trafficking, is nearly killed by a Russian mobster, Robert McCall finds his unique skills needed to exact justice on those involved.

Chloe Grace Moretz stars in The Equalizer (2014) | Image © Sony Pictures, 2013.

Thing’s are unfortunately never as easy as they first seem, and before he knows it, McCall finds himself hunted by one of Russia’s most notorious and feared criminal organizations.

The Equalizer sees Denzel Washington give one of his most intense and world-class performances since Training Day (2001), something only enhanced by the outstanding supporting cast including Chloë Grace Moretz and Marton Csokas.

Oscar-winner Denzel Washington in The Equalizer (2014) | Image © Sony Pictures, 2013.

Riviting, gripping, and stunningly cinematic, The Equalizer is an action-packed masterpiece that reunites Denzel Washington with Antoine Fuqua, the visionary director behind Training Day (2001) and Olympus Has Fallen (2013) – proving beyond doubt that some creative partnerships are meant to be.

BLACK SEA (2014)

Black Sea (2014) is the powerful thriller starring Jude Law as a washed up and recently dismissed salvage expert and ex-navy officer who goes in search of missing Nazi gold worth £140 million, currently resting undisturbed on the ocean floor in a destroyed German U-Boat.

With the financial backing of an illusive and powerful partner, Captain Robinson (Jude Law) assembles a bottom of the barrel salvage team, consisting of British and Russian submarine experts, and heads into the hostile waters of the Black Sea to salvage the forgotten gold bullion.

Though with the old Russian submarine as their only protection against an ocean of death all around them, as well as the threat of discovery by the Russian submarine fleet, the mission is going to be anything but easy.

However it soon becomes apparent that their biggest threat to survival and fortune, may in fact be one another, as greed for a bigger share each starts to wash through the submarine like a plague.

Director Kevin MacDonald, the Oscar-winning visionary behind The Last King of Scotland (2006), teams up with Utopia (TV, 2013) writer and producer Dennis Kelly, to breath new life into the submariner genre with this gripping and claustrophobic thriller, teaming with nerve-wrangling twists and turns.

Black Sea is a refreshing, character-driven, British thriller, chocked full of edge-of-your-seat suspense, strong performances, and unexpected twists that keep you engrossed until the very end.