There are some film stars who elevate a franchise to levels unknown. We have seen Tom Cruise do it with Mission Impossible, Reese Witherspoon with Legally Blonde and Denzel Washington with The Equalizer.
Since giving up his life as a government assassin, Robert McCall has struggled to reconcile the horrific things he’s done in the past and finds a strange solace in serving justice on behalf of the oppressed. Finding himself surprisingly at home in Southern Italy, he discovers his new friends are under the control of local crime bosses. As events turn deadly, McCall knows what he needs to do becoming his friends by taking on the mafia. Mafia is like a cancer and like cancer there is no cure.
In this third and final installment of a immensely successful franchise for Washington, a star of his caliber tackling action with the intense physicality it requires is always inspiring and confirms that age truly is nothing but a number. The opening sequence seems to have a brief moment of normalcy in Napoli before the everything goes completely haywire setting audiences up for a insane ride full of drama, intrigue, a little gore and thrills for days.
Equalizer 3 is a little bit of a slow burn, flanked by a gorgeously haunting Italian mixed soundtrack which informs the action particularly when it revs up. However, this is more than an action flick and more of a film that begs the question to what lengths would one go through to protect family biological or chosen? How much does peace of mind really costs? Is there any dollar amount one could place on either circumstance?
Ultimately, McCall finds himself straddling his conscience over whether or not he is a vigilante or a saint. In the end, it is believed that he’s settled with a little bit of both. One thing audiences can count on is whenever Antoine Fuqua and Denzel Washington pair up you will never regret the amount of time spent in a theatre for the experience they have carefully crafted with action, adventure and heart.