‘The Equalizer’ Trailer: Denzel Kills in Sixteen Seconds

Published 11 months ago by , Updated May 27th, 2014 at 11:37 am,

The Equalizer is one franchise reboot that is likely to be received with much less rancor and resistance than most properties. After all, the CBS TV series from the mid-80s is not exactly a cultural mainstay, these days; people will probably see this new film (about a former government operative with a strange sense of morality) as yet another action-thriller from Denzel Washington and one of his director/collaborators – but that’s enough of a selling point on its own.

In fact, Denzel has had a string of recent action-thriller hits (Safe House and 2 Guns) and the director he’s collaborating with this time (Antoine Fuqua) just scored a hit in the genre with gritty throwback flick, Olympus Has Fallen. With Fuqua re-teaming with his Training Day leading man – and both of them currently on a hot streak of action-thriller filmmaking – one expects the results are going to be satisfying for fans of the genre. 

…And why should we expect anything less? The trailer above indicates that indeed, Fuqua has achieved yet another gritty action movie experience that feels like a throwback to the ’90s era (with elements of Taxi Driver thrown in for good measure). The supporting cast is also made up of some impressive talent, including Chloe Grace Moretz (CarrieKick-Ass), Melissa Leo (Olympus Has Fallen), and Marton Csokas (Bourne Supremacy, Lord of the Rings) as the villain. That sounds like a good movie, on paper.

Denzel Washington in The Equalizer 2014 trailer The Equalizer Trailer: Denzel Kills in Sixteen Seconds

Nothing more to report other than the fact that Denzel looks as badass as ever (even at his age) and that the character looks like a fitting update which will both honor and may even outdo the original version of Robert McCall, played by Ed Woodward in the CBS TV series. A lot of damage can get done in those sixteen seconds….


The Equalizer will be in theaters on September 26, 2014.

Source: EW

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  1. Is this ‘Man on Fire’ part 2?

  2. I think I am going to enjoy this film…a lot. 😉

    • +10

      • +100

        • to follow the trend…


          i LOVED that show back in the day. i wonder if they will get stewart copeland to do the soundtrack as he did for the show.

          • I will be there, hot buttered and salted popcorn in hand, for this one. Knock ’em dead, Denzel ! (Bet he does!). I loved Edward Woodward as the original Equalizer, loved the opening/closing theme music for the show. However, the constant diddling around on the organ/synthesizer from the one-man band musician at inconsequental or insignificant times all throughout the episode only detracted from the story-lines and screen action. keep the opening theme, but can the subsequent music-doodles. The music doodles sounded like a bad soap or a cheap porn flick.

  3. Most unimaginative movie ever. At least based on trailer.

    • Yes, you’re right, he has to be a transvestite with AIDS and the setting has to be Mars, but in a different dimension where Mars is the Earth and Earth is actually too close to a Sun that actually freezes everything that is too close. Oh, and he has to defeat his/her enemies through song, that comes out of his/her armpit instead of mouth. Then this movie will be interesting.

      • Is that in development?

        Because I’d pay to watch that

      • pfff they’re not remaking that old chestnut are they…. Hollywood, never any new ideas lol

  4. Not Dr. Kafka again.

  5. Denzel in his now trademark Alonzo Crese McCall role.

    Man on Fire by Faqua.

    Won’t bring anything new but will be a good fun way to spend 180-240mins, won’t get me into the multiplex but it’ll be on the Saturday Night movie rental list to go with the takeout and beer.

  6. Clearly this wont disappoint… Looks like Man on Fire.

  7. Looks good.

  8. what! copyright? And the last comment shows I missed seeing it by 15 minutes.

  9. Would be a nice nod to the TV show if he has a Jag!

  10. Lol typical Screen Rant commenters: “If it’s not superhero, we don’t care”. I for one, started to welcome ANY movie that’s not CBM, as they statred to suffocate all other genres

  11. Hmmm, doesn’t look like like this will be PG13…

  12. I really was expecting the awesome Equalizer theme music. :(

    I don’t really see how it is going to have any real connection to the original apart from the title.

  13. The Rock or maybe Idris Elba would have been better for this role. This isn’t “canon”, whatever the hell hat means!! In Nolan we trust. Too much talking not enough action and there’s too much action it’s like watching Dragonball Z. A female? Nooooo. Keep them away. We only want to see the heroes we like, that means they’re all American men who have had multiple movies already in different decades. In the new 62 comics this didn’t happen but in Nolan I trust!!

    • Dude, are you on crack? WT actual F are you talking about???

      • you beat me to it! i was gonna ask the same thing [without the “actual”…i liked that btw] you beat me by a couple of minutes

        • LOL, you snooze you lose buddy. 😛

    • I remember MY first beer.

      • I remember the first time I was shot out of a cannon.

        Name that movie! 😀

  14. lame no equalizer theme song in the trailer.
    complete fail if they dont have the tv series music.

  15. I never get tired of seeing Denzel Washington kill bad guys. I’m all inboard for this on opening day!

    • Same here, plus, revenge and rescue movies have a special place in my heart, lol.

    • He is just so good at that sitting calmly while watching a bad guy die slowly thing, lol, it never gets old. The best scenes in Man on Fire was when he got his hands on some of the bad guys and had time to do as he pleases with them. 😀

  16. Seeing Denzel bald, reminds me of those rumors of him being cast as Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman. I wish it was true. Hes a badass.

    • I heard that he had turned it down (for some odd god forsaken reason)

      I trust that Eisenberg will do something interesting with the role, but seeing Denzel would’ve just been awesome. Then have a scene where he visits the Daily Planet w/ Bruce Wayne and then stands next to Laurence Fishburne for just a second would be fan service for me.

  17. At 59, Denzel still got it.
    Can’t wait for September

  18. looks like one of the most promising movies of the year.

    no joke

  19. Wow, after a long wait since 2012 probably or mid 2013 last watched Mr.Washington’s last movie 2GUNS.Glad to see an impressive and intriguing trailer from the Actor-Director Duo, liked it.And eager to see The excellence of Mr.Denzel Washington the artist and actor.HopinG 2 c more before the release…Advance Congratulations to the solid team…Rickkey

  20. I for one will go to see it when it comes out. Denzel does a good job of reprising the role that Edward Woodward made iconic. It doesn’t matter who plays the role as long as they have the bearing and acting ability to pull off both tough and determined and Denzel does both well.

  21. Another black boy saves weak white girls from evil white men. Been done a million times. Stale.

    • Oh, but if it was a white boy saving weak black girls from evil black men, then it’ll be awesome? I honestly don’t even get what race has to do with anything. But I guess simple minds will cling to simple things…

  22. Can’t wait!!!