The Equalizer Movie

Columbia Pictures

If there’s a preferable Denzel Washington model, it’s the one that doesn’t just kick ass, but makes no qualms about handing it back to the person whose ass he just obliterated. The scary Washington. The quiet, calm, collected one who doesn’t even seem that mad — until it’s too late. You know what I’m talking about.

So it’s good to see with The Equalizer trailer that the film isn’t a rehash of a supremely cheesy 80s TV show, but a vehicle for the man to showcase his divine badassery yet again. The film, according to Washington in an interview with USA Today, is only really related to it’s television predecessor through name only; that’s where the similarities end and the bloodshed begins.

“The title doesn’t mean anything to me. It’s the material,” Washington said. “It’s a classic story, the innocent girl and the guy coming in to save the day and kick some butt. You’ll get some popcorn and escape for a couple of hours.”

The trailer lays it out nicely. Washington’s character is a sweet, normal man working retail who just so happens to have led a past life as a government operative. When he crosses paths with a troubled, but innocent young woman (Chloe Moretz) who’s abducted and brutalized by thugs, he morphs back into his former self to come to her rescue. He may have assured Moretz that there aren’t many knights left  in the world, but he’s doing his best to take back what he said. It’s just unfortunate that the men who decided to target the girl, and feel Washington’s wrath aren’t common criminals; they’re half the Russian mob.

The rest of the trailer is a hodgepodge of fistfights and blood, piles of cash, waving guns and armies of tattooed gang members — and an impressive array of wigs modeled by Moretz. Girl looks good in anything. It’s a story about a man who will stop at nothing to protect a kid that he barely knows, and that means reverting back to his old ways of breaking legs, smashing face and asking questions later; though the trailer doesn’t give any hints, something about this feels like Moretz doesn’t just sit back for the whole film docile and let Washington have all the fun.

Have you ever seen the kid handle a butterfly knife? That wig is flying off and they’re joining forces at some point — I can feel it in the air. Washington and Moretz #TrueDetectiveSeason2.

The Equalizer is in theaters September 26th.

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