The dichotomy that is Denzel Washington is intriguing. Right now, for example, he’s just wrapping up a limited run on Broadway in the awarding winning revival of ‘A Raisin in the Sun.’ It was yet another successful stint on the Great White Way. Then there are his movies. On the one hand, he will turn on the dramatic gravitas for something like ‘Flight.’ Just when you think you have him figured out, however, he turns and takes on a wholly commercial property like ‘2 Guns,’ or the upcoming ‘The Equalizer,’ a slightly surreal revamp of the Edward Woodward TV vehicle from the late ’80s.
For those unfamiliar with the show, the famed English actor played a man of mystery capable of exacting horrible vengeance on those who prey upon the weak and innocent. Washington appears to be going back to his ‘Man of Fire’ days, and for that we can be thankful. For this version of the Reagan Era fave, we get a bit more backstory. Washington will be playing Robert McCall, described in the Deadline.com feature as “as a black ops commando” (retired, we assume) who becomes fixated on the fate of a young girl (Chloe Grace Moretz) who herself is tied up with the Russian mob. It’s not long until McCall has traced the conspiracy and corruption all the way “to the top,” at which point it appears that the bad guys bring the fight directly to him. Take a look:
Okay. We’re in. Washington is his usual bad-ass self and the hints at his pre-mobster vengeance are compelling. We also like it who the actor is working with – director Antoine Fuqua. ‘Training Day’ was terrific, and his take on the whole White House in trouble titles from last year – ‘Olympus Has Fallen’ – was a grand guilty pleasure. While it is being shuttled off to September
to avoid the Summer season, this has the look of a solid escapist thriller, right down to the timed sequence of measured mayhem.