Let’s face it: movies based on television shows rarely live up to or even come close to the original. The only ones I can think of that have been remotely successful as well as entertaining were Tom Cruise’s “Mission: Impossible” franchise or 2010’s “The A-Team,” which, unlike a few other opinions, I thought was a stupidly entertaining film.
So imagine my surprise when I first saw the trailer for “The Equalizer” and found myself actually looking forward to it.
“The Equalizer” is an adaptation of the television show that ran from 1985 to 1989. The show followed Robert McCall – played in the television show by Edward Woodward – a middle-aged retired intelligence officer who uses his skill set to help those in need and provide justice to those who deserve it. In the film adaptation, Denzel Washington portrays McCall, a retired Special Forces officer trying to live a quiet, normal life. One night, at a diner he frequently visits, he strikes up a friendship with Teri (Chloë Grace Moretz), a young girl who works as a prostitute for the Russian mob. After seeing her get badly hurt by the mob, McCall takes it upon himself to come out of his retirement and brandish his, to steal a phrase from the film “Taken,” “unique set of skills” to dish out vengeance upon the Russian mob and any of those who deserve justice.