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"THE EQUALIZER"
(2014) (Denzel Washington, Marton Csokas) (R)


Alcohol/Drugs Mild
Blood/Gross Stuff Extreme
Disrespectful/Bad Attitude Extreme
Frightening/Tense Scenes Heavy
Gun/Weapons Extreme
Imitative Behavior Extreme
Jump Scenes Mild
Music (Scary/Tense) Extreme
Music (Inappropriate) Heavy
Profanity Extreme
Sex/Nudity Heavy
Smoking Minor
Tense Family Scenes Mild
Topics to Talk About Heavy
Violence Extreme


QUICK TAKE:
Action: After killing an abusive pimp and his goons, a former covert government operations officer must contend with a deadly assassin who's been sent to deal with him.
PLOT:
To everyone he knows, Robert McCall (DENZEL WASHINGTON) is an unassuming, middle-aged man who keeps a low profile but isn't above helping others, such as Ralphie (JOHNNY SKOURTIS) who works with him at a big box hardware store and dreams of being a security guard. When Robert isn't helping him get into shape for that job, he enjoys spending his evenings at a local diner that's often frequented by a young woman, Teri (CHLOE GRACE MORETZ), who dreams of being a singer, but currently works as a high-end hooker for her pimp, Slavi (DAVID MEUNIER).

When that man brutalizes the young woman, Robert steps in and offers to buy her freedom from the pimp, but Slavi refuses. Accordingly, Robert eyes the situation and proceeds to kill Slavi and his armed goons with quick efficiency, a result of his former life as a covert government operations officer.

His actions, however, don't sit well with a mob head back in Russia who sends his clean-up assassin, Teddy (MARTON CSOKAS), to take care of matters. The mobster's American forces, including corrupt Boston cop Frank Masters (DAVID HARBOUR), aren't happy about the situation, but take a back seat to the calculating killer who sets out to find the man responsible and will interrogate anyone he thinks might know something, including Teri's fellow hooker friend, Mandy (HALEY BENNETT).

As Teddy leaves a wake of wounded and dead people in his quest, Robert utilizes his skills and expertise to prepare to do battle with the assassin and his goons.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
If they're fans of Washington or are into hard-hitting action films, they might be interested (mostly teenagers).
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
For strong bloody violence and language throughout, including some sexual references.


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