The Equalizer Review and Bluray Features
26 Sep 2014
Behind the scene and other Major Plot Points
Research for the role (OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE DISORDER)
In addition to his DAILY PHYSICAL AND FIGHT TRAINING before filming, Washington met and interviewed several real-life OCD people as to gain insights of how to play that disorder correctly
Charismatic Chloe Grace Mortez
Teri was originally written for an older actress, but Chloë Grace Moretz impressed the director so much, he made the role younger. Chloë Grace Moretz Plays extremely well for her young age
Character played by Denzel Washington
He’s a retired Green Beret Lt Col, ex CIA SOG Paramilitary Operations Officer. He also visited ex-CIA couple as shown in the movie. Also, looking at his combat tactics and his skill, he probably look liked old CIA operative. It was fun trying to guess his background.
Significance of timing in his watch
He has OCD(always setting his stop watch). Its also to show that as much as a bad ass as McCall is now, he was significantly better in his prime, everything seems to take a little longer
Rain Scene & Poster of the movie
The transformation from the rip-off of Home Depot to some rainy place was done so well in my opinion. I’m pretty sure that the amount of rain was exaggerated, but it was solid. The poster makes it look like Denzel Washington’s character is outside or something. Bravo. Wonderfully filmed. Reminded me of Film Noir there
This film is an intense action thriller about a man who is trying to protect the ones he loves and fighting against evil in whatever form it may be. Be it pimps, drug-dealers, corrupt cops – the Equalizer has an answer to all.
Q&A with Director
The Equalizer is set in Boston, but it feels more like The Outlaw Josey Wales than The Town or The Departed. You deviate from a bunch of guys walking around with wild Boston accents, and the usual Boston crime tropes ?
I just felt like that’s such a cliché to do that. When you’re really dealing with Boston, as a whole, there’s different people, from different places.
What kind of RESEARCH did you do on the influence of the Russian mafia on the East Coast?
(VERY IMPORTANT) I READ A LOT OF BOOKS, SAW A BUNCH OF DOCUMENTARIES, and spoke to a few different people — a couple agents, undercover cops — who deal with that world. BOSTON’S GOT ITS SECRETS. ANY CITY THAT HAS A PORT HAS PLACES WHERE YOU’RE GOING TO GET THAT.
How many people did you look at before you were settled on Marton Csokas for Teddy, because he’s really an all-timer in the sadist category?
He’s a trip man. He had a presence about him — a certain way to him. We had him come in and do a screen test with Denzel, to see how they looked together. Denzel was already sold on him, but I wanted to see him with Denzel. A lot of people can drown against Denzel, because of his size and presence. Marton was right there.
The tattoos shot, when he lifts himself up out of the chair, was a really interesting moment where I feel like the movie takes a breath and makes you realize what a mythical bad guy he is.
Yeah, that’s the idea. Like it’s coming over the city. THAT IDEA THAT EVIL IS TAKING OVER. [Washington’s character, Robert] McCall is trying to even the playing field, and then this thing comes. THAT’S THE IDEA WITH THAT SHOT — THE WORLD IS TURNING UPSIDE DOWN, YOU KNOW.
The climax of the film takes place in a home-improvement store. So, you get the script and you come across the pages that basically say “Shootout in a Home Depot.”?
The first thing that comes to my mind is, Ahhh shit. OK, more work — I gotta figure this out. But then you get excited, because I know Richard Wenk, the writer, we get along very well, so I said, “OK, Richard, let’s start laying this out like a real urban warfare.” I start talking to my guys — Navy SEALs, special forces guys — and I start to lay out a scenario with them. Then it becomes like kids in a sandbox. “What would you use?”
Coming from a realistic point of view, they say, “Well, there’s a lot of sand.” Then they really start talking and then you start making it fun, asking, “Well, what would you use?” Because the shelves are so wide and you can’t get in between them and you don’t want to be seen, and then you talk about different tools and you just become like a big kid. It’s fun, you know?
…Fuqua’s most accomplished effort since 2001’s Training Day.(Click here to see)
It is in the seemingly undemanding action programmers where Washington truly proves the singular depths and scope of his talents and presence. (Click here to see)
[A] zesty, committed action thriller.(Click here to see)
I wish the world had a bunch of equalizers. Yes, sometimes you must do something bad for good to win. Very strong message, amazing how Denzel acts with his eyes and it looks like Chloe is building towards a strong future in acting (Ledaumas/MetaCritic)
The Equalizer isn’t a particularly showy movie. Much of it takes place at night or in lower lighting conditions. That doesn’t mean it’s not a looker. Sony’s 1080p transfer is, in fact, gorgeous. Those critical nighttime black levels are inky deep and accurate. Nighttime exteriors sparkle, particularly when contrasted with bright light sources, like the yellow illuminated signage above the diner or streetlights reflecting off wet pavement. Colors, expectedly, aren’t loud. They’re subtly nuanced in darker scenes with some nice popping yellows and greens in some of the brighter shots, particularly in well-lit home store interiors (the yellows) and sprawling green grass (McCall’s visit to an old friend’s estate). Detail is consistently striking. The image reveals skin textures with remarkable ease, with close-ups particularly efficient. The image is sharp and crisp with only trace bits of edge softness. The digital image often can be mistaken for film; it’s a little flat but never pasty or excessively glossy. Skin tones are even but largely dependent on influencing light sources. The picture features no perceptible evidence of banding, blockiness, noise, or other eyesores. In short, this is a striking Blu-ray image from Sony.
The Equalizer arrives on Blu-ray with a DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 lossless soundtrack. It’s impressively immersive and wide, easily pulling the listener into every environment and featuring plenty of discrete and motion sound effects. The track’s first example of precise sound placement comes at the beginning when a blaring alarm clock’s stationary position pans through the stage and lightly fades in tandem with the camera’s movement away from it and towards another area of the apartment. It’s a hint of what’s to come, with trucks later rumbling through the listening area, the heavy clanking sound of industrial lights powering off row-by-row in a superstore, or explosive concussions waving through the stage. Action scenes are particularly efficient, with well-placed sounds of chaos pouring in from every speaker, whether crashes and shouts or, in one critical scene, pouring water filling every speaker. The track also carries superb atmospheric support pieces. The home supply store springs to sonic life with a realistic collection of sounds, like buzzing saws, beeping machinery, rolling cars, customer chatter, and loudspeaker announcements. Likewise, more subtle city ambience is effortlessly integrated throughout. Bass is a potent ally, with two separate explosions sending a hefty, tight, and rattly jolt of power into the stage. Dialogue is silky smooth and evenly presented from the center. This is a reference grade track all the way.
The Equalizer contains “Vengeance Mode” and a handful of short featurettes that offer some smart insight into the film. A UV digital copy code is included in the Blu-ray case.
- Vengeance Mode (1080p, DTS-HD MA 7.1, 2:35:00): This is an in-film making-of/behind-the-scenes/commentary that occasionally cuts into the movie to present viewers with full-screen features, including interviews with Denzel Washington and Antonie Fuqua and clips from the shoot.
- Inside The Equalizer (1080p, 7:51): A look at bringing the television show to the screen and the title. However, it primarily focuses on the Robert McCall character.
- Denzel Washington: A Different Kind of Superhero (1080p, 6:56): This piece examines the positive qualities Denzel brought to the set and his portrayal of the lead character, including how he molded the character along the way.
- Equalizer Vision: Antoine Fuqua (1080p, 7:06): As the title suggests, this piece examines Fuqua’s contributions to the film, his work style, his vision for the action scenes, directing Denzel, shaping the McCall character, and more.
- Children of the Night (1080p, 5:23): This piece focuses on Chloë Grace Moretz, her character, and her portrayal thereof.
- One Man Army: Training and Fighting (1080p, 6:40): A look at the film’s physical demands, fight choreography, Denzel’s performance of his own stunts and fights, and the character’s use of tools other than a gun to battle his enemies.
- Home Mart: Taking Care of Business One Bolt at a Time (1080p, 2:11): A funny little store promo featuring McCall in action.
- Photo Gallery (1080p): Still images from the set.
- Previews: Additional Sony titles.