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The EqualizerJustice is Dealt

by Justin Johnson | 2014-09-26 | Movies, Reviews
Robert McCall has every appearance of a nice guy.   Although a quiet and somewhat reclusive individual, Mr. McCall is friendly, helpful, and very courteous.  Providing useful quips such as “Progress, not protection”, or “Don’t doubt yourself, doubt kills”.  This is while helping the various co-workers and friends he encounters on the street.  It’s obvious from the start, Mr. McCall has a past that keeps him up at night.  When sleep eludes him, we find him venturing to a 24 hr diner around the corner from his home where we see him display OCD tendencies in arranging  dishes and drinks.  During these late night visits, he is always reading and shares stories with a neighborhood hooker he has befriended named Teri.  We see Mr. McCall encourage and try to help Teri through various rough circumstances she shares.  Through the conversations with Teri, we learn that Mr McCall’s wife has died and he is trying to read through the “100 Must Read Book List” as it was something he was doing with his wife before she passed away.  The opening scenes of the movie do an excellent job of setting up Mr. McCall as somewhat mysterious but very helpful and kind character. That is until he is walking home from the diner and with Teri and her Pimp shows up.  He grabs Teri and leaves and through some clever camera work and good body language from Denzel Washington, we see Mr. McCall might have some grit behind those helpful eyes.  The next day, Teri shows up black and blue to the diner and now Mr. McCall has some issues to resolve.  He goes to the Russian Mob hang out to find Teri’s Pimp and enters a room full of well-armed Russian Mob members.  He walks up to the table and tells Teri’s Pimp he will buy Teri for $9200.  He wants to resolve it peacefully and cleanly.  When he is denied, we see Mr McCall’s hidden skills come to life.  Using... read
 

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