Fuqua and Washington re-team for this week's release of The Equalizer.
|"Does that hurt? Here, let me|
stick it in a little further."
An energized Fuqua leaves no trace of his last few mediocre years and slides back in to the comforts of being a great director with a movie that could cut heads with nearly any Michael Mann crime drama.The film looks great, features a stunning score and soundtrack, and is comparatively the best looking feature of Fuqua's career. The cinematography is easily the best of any movie he's worked on and looks great from beginning to end.
This version of The Equalizer does everything a television to film update should. He takes the known rendition of the Robert McCall character and brings him in to a new era with technological updates, scenes of hand to hand combat, creative kills, and extremely taut gun play scenarios. And they never try to make it funny or satirical. It's hard to say but The Equalizer quite possibly surpasses Fuqua's work on Training Day as we get an older, wiser director that knows exactly how to use perfectly framed scenes and a reinvigorated Denzel to their best effect.
|"This is the scene where I say|
'always bet on black'."
Even with Denzel's mastery of McCall, another person nearly steals the spotlight. Marton Csoskas plays the villainous Teddy with tenacity, dark wit, and a callous nature that transcends the screen. He is evil incarnate and Csoskas makes sure to play it up for all its worth with a heinous performance as
|"Do you find me attractive?"|
If you're looking for a great updated version of a television show, this is it. The Equalizer is entertaining from front to back and never loses focus of story or development. There is no trade off of here. All the scenes of savage violence serve the story and help move it along at a perfectly timed pace that just so happens to make use of some exceptionally great looking cinematography. Take a hint from me. See this movie. It's well worth the ticket.