The Equalizer 3

The Equalizer 3
Original title:The Equalizer 3
Director:Antoine Fuqua
Running time:109 minutes
Release date:01 september 2023
Since giving up his life as a government assassin, Robert McCall struggles to make peace with his past demons and finds strange solace in defending the downtrodden. Now that he's found his safe haven in southern Italy, he discovers that his friends are under the control of the local mafia. When events take a deadly turn, McCall knows what he must do: protect his friends by taking on the mafia.

Mulder's Review

In the conclusion to the Equalizer trilogy, Denzel Washington reprises his role as the enigmatic Robert McCall, delivering a performance that combines intensity, introspection and relentless action. Under the direction of Antoine Fuqua, The Equalizer 3 doesn't just satisfy cravings for thrilling action; it delves into the complex psyche of its protagonist against the backdrop of Italy's picturesque landscapes.

The film opens with a crescendo of suspense, as Robert McCall, a former Marine and intelligence agent, navigates a web of deceit and violence. Denzel Washington fits the role perfectly, embodying Robert McCall's rugged exterior and the tumult simmering beneath. Robert McCall's moral compass guides him, but the film brilliantly explores whether his brand of justice can occasionally venture into murkier ethical waters.

Antoine Fuqua's mastery is evident in every frame, painting a realistic universe that pits the idyllic Amalfi coast against the darkness that lurks within humanity. The Italian setting is not just a backdrop, it becomes a character in its own right, offering both tranquility and tension. The film's symphonic rhythm builds to a crescendo of breathless action sequences and introspective interludes, creating a multi-dimensional narrative that resonates deeply.

While the action sequences are electrifying and masterfully choreographed, the film's strength lies in its exploration of Robert McCall's emotional landscape. Denzel Washington's performance invites the audience to engage with the inner struggle of Robert McCall, a man haunted by his past but eager to make amends for the mistakes he has made. The chemistry between Denzel Washington and Dakota Fanning, who plays a CIA analyst drawn into Robert McCall's world, is palpable, adding layers of emotion to the story.

As Robert McCall embarks on a mission to protect an idyllic Italian village from the menacing forces of the Mafia, the film raises intriguing questions about the blurred boundaries between vengeance and justice. Robert McCall's methodical takedowns offer cathartic release, but also force viewers to confront the complexity inherent in his actions. This intellectual engagement elevates The Equalizer 3 beyond a simple action spectacle, leaving a lasting impact.

However, the film doesn't shy away from visceral violence that may prove unsettling to some. While this contributes to the raw intensity of the story, there are moments when the line between artistic brutality and gratuitous gore becomes blurred.

The supporting cast, notably Eugenio Mastrandrea as a local police marshal, reinforce the film's authenticity and emotional resonance. Their interactions with Robert McCall underline the enduring power of human bonds in a world dominated by chaos and crime.

In a film that often asks more questions than it answers, The Equalizer 3 defies convention by probing the darkness that resides in even the most virtuous individuals. Denzel Washington's commanding presence provides a convincing anchor, while Antoine Fuqua's direction orchestrates a ballet of action, emotion and contemplation.

The Equalizer 3 stands out as a seductive blend of thrilling action and introspective drama, a journey that transcends the limits of its genre. Concluding the trilogy, Robert McCall's mission resonates long after the credits roll, leaving viewers to contemplate the complexity of justice and the enduring appeal of redemption.

The Equalizer 3
Directed by Antoine Fuqua
Written by Richard Wenk
Based on The Equalizer by Michael Sloan, Richard Lindheim
Produced by Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, Denzel Washington Antoine Fuqua, Steve Tisch, Clayton Townsend, Alex Siskin Tony Eldridge
With Denzel Washington, Dakota Fanning, David Denman, Sonia Ammar, Remo Girone
Cinematography / Robert Richardson
Edited by Conrad Buff
Music by Marcelo Zarvos
Production companies / Columbia Pictures, Escape Artists, Mundy Lane Entertainment, Fuqua Films, Eagle Pictures
Distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing
Release date: August 30, 2023 (France), September 1, 2023 (U.S.)
Running times : 109 minutes

Seen on August 30, 2023 at Gaumont Disney Village, Salle Imax seat E19

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