Robert Makkoll (Denzel Vashington) – the modest and lonely employee of construction shop who is on friendly terms with colleagues, diligently works and at a leisure reads classical novels. In it there is nothing remarkable – but only by sight uninitiated. Those who is involved in the state secrets, know that Makkoll – the former agent of CIA who bowled off after many years of confidential operations. However Tsrushnika former do not happen. When Russian prostitute Alina (Kloi Grace Morets) to semi-death is beaten by the souteneur, in Makkoll knowing the girl on midnight tea drinking in a snackbar, the murderer wakes up, and the man ruthlessly finishes with Alina’s torturers. Having learned about it, Russian mafia sends to the city of the representative (Marton Chokash) it is ordered to them to punish approximately all who threw down a challenge of its powerful organization.
The film is based on the TV series with the same name which went from 1985 to 1989. Show was so popular that people on the street approached to leading man Edward Vudvard and asked it to help – not as actor, and as «former secret agent»
«The great equalizer» it is possible to estimate doubly. It is possible not to pay attention to the hints scattered on a picture and to tell that it is rectilinear, almost in style of the 1980th, the bloody thriller in which the valorous hero smooths out Boston from Russian mafiosi and the American kopov-corrupt officials that lovely girls like Alina and nice guys like Ralfi, nedotepisty colleague Makkoll, could live-live peacefully and good to acquire. However, "Equalizer" nevertheless is not so simple, as "Kommando". Director Antoine Fuqua equally divided two hours of screen time between rigid fighting episodes and intense "colloquial" scenes in which Makkoll and it almost so cunning and acute Russian vis-a-vis play a detective tag (one tries to understand, who kills his subordinates, and another tries to cover up traces not to turn from a predator into the victim).
In the scenario Alina was more senior, than in the film, but the director rejuvenated the heroine to give Kloi Grace Morets’s this role
However it not that cinema which forces the audience to doubt in the outcome of events. As soon as the tape dumps a mask of the good-natured person intellectual from Makkoll and shows the body of "Teddie" speckled by prison tattoos (character Chokasha lives under an English pseudonym), it becomes clear that sooner or later they will meet in open fight. It is possible even to predict, where it happens. The hint – the hero not simply so works in construction shop!
To measures of the best thrillers Makkoll is perhaps too abrupt and impregnable, and in the majority of scenes it is necessary to worry not about it, and for its victims. But, as well as Schwarzenegger in "Kommando", Washington is rather charismatic, that the public after all hurt for it, even when it with bandits in different intellectual categories. Besides it is always pleasant to see the accurate, provident, resourceful and fearless man who protects humiliated and offended – from the minor Russian prostitute to elderly Mexican поварихи. All above-mentioned it is quite enough for fascinating (though slightly tightened) the film, and many western critics considered that anything else in "Equalizer" is not present «. The heroic hero against rascally villains» – usual, traditional Hollywood cinema.
We, however, consider that the tape has the second bottom which is not especially obvious, but shown to the attentive viewer. As a key to it the phrase which has been taken out on a poster serves: «What do you see, when look at me?» And it is valid, what? Yes, McCall seems the ordinary American hero. But why at the beginning of the film he suffers from sleeplessness? And why, as soon as it starts to kill again, he falls asleep as the baby? Why he insists what promised the late wife to give up the last work, – unless the normal person needs to pledge a word to cease to kill? The normal pensioner of special forces, besides as hero "Kommando", does not look back and rejoices that any more does not shed blood. And at last, why Makkoll seldom uses conventional weapons and tries to kill strange and sophisticated, with the help that of a corkscrew, a barbed wire, short circuit? Whether only because the various action looks better, than monotonous firing?
The answer as it seems to us, it is possible to find in series «Dexter’s Justice». In our opinion, Makkoll, as well as the hero of known show, thirsts to kill. He suffers, when does not shed blood, and enjoys, when sadistic punishes the victims and they die at it in the face of. But it too высокоморален also is disciplined to kill whom got. Therefore he becomes «the national avenger» and consequently it served in CIA earlier – to kill with a clear conscience, for the sake of high interests.