- 17 Aug 18
Denzel Washington's charisma just about carries nonsensical thriller.
There are just some actors whose innate decency and integrity radiates off the screen. Let’s call it Big Decency Energy. This unique energy can usually be identified by asking yourself a simple question: If this actor told you that they were disappointed in you, would part of your soul die? Stanley Tucci. Tom Hanks. Lin Manuel Miranda. And of course, Denzel Washington.
The power of Big Decency Energy is that it persists even when the actor plays a morally questionable character; and Antoine Fuqua’s 2014 brutal, violence-packed thriller The Equalizer deliberately played with this dynamic.
This theme again emerges in Fuqua’s sequel, such as a scene where Washington’s retired intelligence agent, Robert McCall, ensures that some trust-fund rapists will never forget their victim’s name. But Fuqua also backtracks somewhat, aiming to develop the stoic character by examining his loss in more detail, and explain his paternal kindness to a young teen (Moonlight’s Ashton Sanders).