Steve Tisch, New York Giants Chairman and Executive Vice President and producer of hits such as Risky Business and Forrest Gump has produced yet another hit. The Equalizer was the top grossing film for the weekend, with $35 million in ticket sales.
The story features Denzel Washington as a solitary man with a painful past who is confronted with a woman exploited by Russian gangsters, he has to get his hands dirty (or is that bloody) to do justice. The film was directed by Antoine Fuqua.
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While the film was the top grossing film this past weekend, Mark Kermode, film critic at the Guardian thinks it was possibly the grossest film of the weekend and gave it a harsh review. He writes, “There is no chance of any awards except for people’s choice for entertainingly senseless violence.” The film was based on an 80s Tv show which Kermode thinks was “subtle by comparison, ” and thinks the introduction of the damsel in distress is an excuse to have Washington’s character go and kill people, slicing throats, “corkscrewing heads, ” to make sure the downtrodden have their day.
So if high-minded violence is your preference, this film may be for you.