New ‘The Equalizer’ Trailer: Denzel Washington Rights the Balance

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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.

Marton Csokas the equalizer New The Equalizer Trailer: Denzel Washington Rights the Balance

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.

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  1. Equalizer in name only. Looks to be an interesting action movie, but the only thing it seems to have in common with the tv show are a few names ,makes one wonder why theyeven try to tie it to the tv show.

    • Agreed. Does not look like an Equalizer I recall with Edward Woodward. Having said that, however, it does in fact look like a good action flick, so count me on board for it…we’ll definitely give it a whirl!

    • You nailed it. LOVED the Equalizer 80’s show.. the depth of McCall’s character, dark past.. allies/enemies, his son (the karate kid bad guy!). Doesn’t look like there’s any of that in here. Looks like a good revenge action movie.

      And the golden rule, Copeland’s theme song is STILL badass.. Would’ve loved to have heard an updated version of it.

      • Glad to see several of us who remember – and loved – this show. Agreed with everyone that this is The Equalizer in name only. Very little to do with the Robert McCall that we knew and loved, although there is some suggestion in the trailers that we’ll see a Control-type character. Such a great character and series growing up – really blurred the lines between good and evil in a way that I’d never seen before.

        Favorite episodes? Beyond Control, Trial by Ordeal anyone?

      • The theme song for opening/closing the series show was great. However, the rest of the music soundtrack where he kept diddle-doodling around on his one man band keyboard at innappropriate times all throughout the episode was awful, and did not fit anything except a bad soap-opera or cheap skin-flick!

  2. Looks great,and has nothing to do with the TV Show for me !
    Just a similar name !

  3. Oh, I can’t freakin’ wait to see what he gets to do to those scum-bags…

  4. Looks good

  5. When a trailer is around 2 minutes or more I skip it. I don`t understand why this thing needs over 2 minutes to be sold – Denzel and the “Equalizer” manage that on their own and it does not need 2 minutes at all. I think about 30 seconds would have done it. Instead we get over 2 minutes punctuating major scenes which would have been best left alone for the audience to see when they watch the entire movie. This seems to be happening a lot and it is certainly not needed in many cases.

  6. I was sold when I seen DW was in this movie. This movie looks BA

  7. I remember seeing Denzel in Man on Fire, and remember thinking that The Punisher should have been like that. Can’t wait to see this.

  8. I remember seeing this movie…when it was called Man on Fire.

  9. As a kid, my Mom used to watch the Equalizer. McCall kinda reminded me of a cross between Hannibal Smith and the Punisher, but in a good way. I didn’t have high hopes for it until Antoine Fuqua came on board. Now seeing this second trailer, really sells it. Looking forward to seeing it in September and as other have mentioned, hopefully they get an updated version of the theme music.

  10. Completely agree with the consensus that this looks pretty good despite having naff-all to do with the TV show.

    Tiny nitpick though: presumably some lines have been lost in the edit for that trailer, otherwise why would anyone with even a passing familiarity with The Old Man and the Sea first characterise it as having a happy ending and then have to ask why the main character didn’t just let the fish go? Either she understands the book or she doesn’t. You don’t arrive at that conclusion without having asked that question. Yeah, I’ve got way too much time on my hands tonight…

  11. Denzel = Badass. Even though I do not think this movie will be equal to Training Day, it should be an entertaining thrill ride.