The Equalizer 3 movie review: Excessively Violent threequel
Denzel Washington stars in the visually stunning but excessively violent and gory third installment of the action franchise.
Denzel Washington reprises his role as Robert McCall, the protector of his innocent friends, in the third installment of this action franchise. Set against the visually stunning backdrop of Italy's Amalfi coast, the film is a tale of vengeance as McCall discovers that his friends are under the control of local crime bosses.
While the locations in the film are picturesque, it is important to note that the movie is also excessively violent and gory. The violence is portrayed in a rather creative and inventive manner, with the filmmakers finding unique ways to depict the kills. This aspect of the film stands out as its most creative element.
Although the character of McCall may have originated from a classic TV series about a retired intelligence agent helping innocent people, the big-screen adaptation takes a much darker and more brutal turn. The opening sequence sets the tone for the rest of the film, with the camera lingering on mutilated bodies and forcing the audience to witness the brutality of the kills. While the victims may have been evil, the graphic nature of the scenes can be unsettling for some viewers.
After being shot in the back, McCall is forced to recover on the Amalfi coast. He is cared for by an elderly doctor who provides him with food and rest. During his time in the village, McCall forms connections with the kind-hearted locals, including a carabinieri, a barista, and a fishmonger. However, his newfound contentment is short-lived as he discovers that the town is being terrorized by a gang of Camorra thugs. This is when the action truly kicks into gear.
In a brief respite from the intense action, McCall mentors a spy, played by Dakota Fanning. While the vigilante formula of the film may be predictable, it still manages to entertain and attract audiences. Denzel Washington's powerful presence and onscreen charisma make him a captivating avenger, even without much character development.
Washington delivers a strong performance, brutally dispatching the film's loathsome characters in various creative ways. However, the excessive blood and gore can be overwhelming and may not be suitable for all viewers. The film's musical score adds to the abrasive nature of the violence, creating a visceral experience for the audience.
While this may be the final installment in Antoine Fuqua's trilogy, it falls short of his best work. The focus of the film seems to be solely on the impressive choreography of the violent scenes, lacking depth and soul. It is a visually striking film, but it ultimately fails to leave a lasting impact.