“Do something about it, because no one else is going to.” That was the mission statement of Robert McCall (Denzel Washington) in the impressive first trailer for The Equalizer, an action thriller loosely based on the 1980s TV series of the same name. Directed by Antoine Fuqua (Olympus Has Fallen) with a screenplay penned by Richard Wenk (The Mechanic), The Equalizer also stars Chloë Grace Moretz as a young woman who crosses Robert’s path and leads him into starting a fight with some of the most dangerous people in Boston.
By day, however, Robert wears an apron and works in a hardware store, trying to enjoy a quiet retirement after faking his own death. His past career as a black ops commando keeps bubbling to the surface, however, and the second trailer for The Equalizer shows him dipping back into the art of justice by retrieving a stolen ring belonging to one of his co-workers.
From this minor act of vigilantism things escalate until Robert finds himself taking out members of the Russian mafia and becoming embroiled in all-out war against heavily tattooed mob boss Teddy (Marton Csokas). Based on the footage in this trailer, it’s a pretty safe bet that they don’t settle their disagreement peacefully.
Although the release of The Equalizer is still several months away, Sony is already planning a sequel thanks to the current cut of the film earning massive approval from focus groups. If the first movie ends up being as successful as Sony predicts, The Equalizer could become an action franchise along the lines of The Bourne Identity or Mission: Impossible.
Failing that, however, the movie looks like a powerful and tense ride, and if the early reactions are that good then it will definitely be worth checking out in theaters this fall.
The Equalizer will be in theaters on September 26, 2014.