The Equalizer [SteelBook] [4K Ultra HD Blu-ray/Blu-ray] [Only @ Best Buy] [2014]

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99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (3015 out of 3060)

Synopsis


The Equalizer
Based on the 1980s crime series of the same name, The Equalizer stars Denzel Washington as Robert McCall, a former Black Ops commando who faked his own death in hopes of living out a quiet life in Boston. However, when he comes out of his self-imposed retirement to save a young girl named Teri (Chloë Grace Moretz), he finds his thirst for justice reawakened after coming face-to-face with a syndicate of brutal Russian gangsters. Afterwards, McCall becomes the go-to man when the helpless require the kind of vengeance they would never find without his skills. ~ Tracie Cooper, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Denzel Washington
    Denzel Washington - Robert McCall
  • Marton Csokas
    Marton Csokas - Teddy
  • Chloë Grace Moretz
    Chloë Grace Moretz - Teri
  • David Harbour
    David Harbour - Masters
  • Bill Pullman
    Bill Pullman - Brian Plummer



Overall customer rating

Rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars with 3059 reviews

99%of customers would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    pretty entertaining film

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    stylez562
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    An excellent thriller in the retired-spy-becomes-vigilante genre, AKA Taken. Based on the 1980s TV show with the same theme, except in the TV show the spy is a stuck up old British guy and in the movie it's an old black guy who works at Home Depot and hangs out with bums. That is sort of the most unbelievable part of the movie, that this dumpy old bald *** that looks like somebody's dad, could be so agile with Spiderman reflexes. If you suspend your disbelief that far, the movie is actually really entertaining because its got that Max Paine, bullet time, stop action effect. The hero is sort of this invincible Flash. Also, the bad guys are a bunch of low life Russian mobster illegal alien pimps, the kind of villain you love to see getting whacked. Luckily, there are goodly supply of them to be terminated. The head villain is an ex-Spetsnatz contract killer psychopath who looks and talks like Kevin Spacey and is oddly named "Teddy". Basically it's the return of Kaiser Soze. The most annoying thing about the film is all the time spent on "character buildup" in which the Equalizer does community service trying to help his loser buddies at Home Depot. Super spy donates charity time to pathetic wannabe security guard. Its just incredibly stupid United Way stuff that just has you taking bathroom breaks until the killing starts again. Another oddity of the film is director Fuqua's obsessive cinematography. You always know you are in trouble when the director starts taking control of the camera. There are more shots of Denzel Washington's eyeball than you will ever want to see in your lifetime. You will also get electron microscope closeups of other obscure parts of his anatomy such as his septum, his thenar, etc. In retrospect the overkill on the art shots is not too bad, but it definitely makes the film more "interesting" at a certain level. Part of the fun of the movie is The Equalizer getting stuck in situations no ordinary person could possibly survive, so you are like, "I wonder how he is getting out of this one" and he always has these cool MacGyver solutions to the situation. Overall, a pretty entertaining film.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Denzel Fans Will Love This Movie

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    Godzillaguy
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    This movie is supposedly a loose remake of the TV Series of the same name that starred Michael Chiklis back about 20 yrs. I don't recall being a fan of that series, but even if you weren't..and you're a Denzel Washington fan..you should give this movie a spin. I won't give away any plot details or things like that. Suffice it to say that it's a standard drama/action flick with some 'by the numbers" characters. Nevertheless, the ending act where Denzel takes on the bad guys in a "Home Depot" type store shows some real creative ways to bump off bad guys a-la "Home Alone". Be advised, though, this film has a VERY high violence/gore quotient and TONS of bad language. If you're easily offended by that kind of stuff, this film isn't for you. Technically, the blu-ray is superb. The movie has lots of dark scenes, and the disc never resorts to crush or bad black levels. Faces are clearly distinguishable, and some of the neon signs and city lights have an almost 3-D quality to them. The DTS-HD MA Audio track is wonderful. It's agressive and loud when needed, but never drowns out the dialog. The low end is forceful and deep when called for, and discrete surround effects are plentiful and realistic. The blu-ray also features a "Vengeance Mode" that allows you to watch the film normally till Denzel is shown in an action sequence. The film pauses after the sequence and Denzel and Director Robert McCall show you how the sequence was shot. It's interesting, but interrupts the flow of the film. Please be aware, though, that this movie does NOT come supplied with a DVD version. It's a Blu-ray/Digital HD release. No matter....Blu-Ray renders DVD useless anyway..and this type of film is best viewed on as large a screen as possible with the volume turned up so the neighbors complain. I recommend this film as a blind purchase if your a fan. All others will probably be happy with a rental.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    revenge action galore

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    JOHNNYANGEL2010
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    The Equalizer is superficially fun in a classic "revenge" or "vigilante" 1970s and 1980s style (slicked up for today's viewers, however), but it's much more satisfying than many of its kind considering its exceptional character development below the obvious good-and-evil surface. Washington's portrayal of Robert McCall ranks amongst his best performances, the actor brilliantly balancing a man who is markedly different from what he appears to be but who, at the same time, brings all of his positive characteristics to his violent side. He's a quintessential hero in the modern world, skilled at his craft but a man who would rather help a friend by encouraging them rather than simply destroying their enemies, something he will do, however, if the situation demands it. It's another excellent pairing between Washington and Fuqua, putting the franchise in good hands with word of a potential sequel coming down the line. Sony's excellent Blu-ray release of The Equalizer features top-end video and audio. A fair bit of bonus content is included. Consider this a late-arriving short list candidate for the best of 2014 list. Very highly recommended.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great character development

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    StuTheLoanOfficer
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    I saw this movie for the first time late in 2016 and loved it. Don't know how I didn't see it when it was first released. I really liked this interpretation of the character, Robert McCall, as I was a big fan of the original TV series. And I really liked the way that this McCall (Denzel Washington) is slowly revealed and drawn into action. But then once he's in action, there's no turning back or stopping him. Each time I see this movie, I enjoy it more and more. Good guy versus a slew of bad guys, good agent versus bad cops. If you like this genre, this movie will satisfy you! Oh, and the villain in this movie, he's so suave and cunning and sinister, that when he gets it in the end, you sort of wish that you could have had the honor of putting him down.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fuqua and Denzel Do It Again

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    reviewinlu
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    Coming off Training Day one had to wonder not if, but when, the team of director Antoine Fuqua and actor Denzel Washington would team again. The Equalizer is that film and while not quite reaching the level of Training Day they still show that a great watch and good finished product is almost always in store when they team up to do a film. Every actor seems to be on their A game with Chloe Moretz getting the most praise, commonly, for her performance, although all the actors seem to give it their all here, no one is just collecting a paycheck and sleepwalking through this one. The plot is somewhat been there done that with the age old trope of aging hitman/military/police/etc. pulled back into the life that they left behind. Overall though the film stays entertaining and original enough that it doesn't sidetrack the finished product.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Denzel Washington at His Finest!

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    Porgey60
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    Robert McCall (Denzel Washington) is your everyday worker at your local hardware store and lives a relatively simply life. Every night he goes to a diner and it is there that he meets Teri (Chloë Grace Moretz), who happens to be an escort. Living the life of an escort, she is forced into meeting and doing whatever it is that the client wants. One day she shows up to the diner with bruises on her face, which is the clear sign of domestic violence. McCall eventually meets with Teri's "pimp" and tries to buy her freedom, which is not granted. It is then when McCall turns into "The Equalizer" and attempts to fight for those that cannot defend themselves. You will be sitting on the edge of your couch throughout the movie wondering what will happen next! I definitely recommend this movie!

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fun action movie

    Posted
    CasualBestBuyShopper
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    I enjoyed this film - it had the same revenge-type elements as Man on Fire, and I found his double life as a non-violent friend and supporter of friends (the dichotomy of it) an interesting dynamic. This vigilante-style film was very straightforward, largely lacking the darkness of Man on Fire (apologies for the repeated comparisons, but I know many Denzel fans will have seen that previous film and therefore be able to easily relate to this review in that way). In this movie, he simply (like the TV series) simply cannot walk away from the wrongs that he feels he must right. This is a tale as old as any, but this modern take on the idea was a fun ride and I'd recommend it for action film fans, no question. it does start out a bit slow for my taste, though, but this isn't a major downside for the film.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    GREAT ACTION MOVIE

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    NYCUBAN212
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    Extremely everything you think it will be; extremely violent, extremely clique, extremely predictably ......BUT extremely AWESOME! We loved it! I have noticed that the critics either love it of hate it and I agree that is how it will be with most people. So here goes my opinion. I think in places The Equilizer seems a bit slow at the beginning (better said, it is methodical), but when it takes off it is like a rocket. Make no mistakes this is a extremely violent, vulgar language revenge film . For those who care there is no nudity just a few racy pictures. To say too much about the plot would give too many spoilers. So I'll just put it this way...If the movie "TAKEN" and the comic "The Punisher" had a child it would be The Equilizer.

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