The Equalizer (1, 2 & 3) Movies: A Modern Day Warrior’s Tales

The Equalizer (1, 2 & 3) movies narrate a modern warrior’s tales. Denzel Washington plays the protagonist Robert McCall, who is a well-trained secret assassin of the US government.

In these action-packed films, Robert McCall is supposedly leading a retired life. But more often than not the villainous bad guys and the antagonists continue to bump into him. And then all hell breaks loose. Denzel Washington has superbly played this dark and brooding hero Robert McCall in his unique style and towering on-screen presence. These adrenaline-packed films continue to reaffirm his action-star status in the Hollywood movie world.

These action-packed films have become Denzel’s first trilogy – a Hollywood movie franchise. These films are based on the classic TV series ‘The Equalizer (1985-1989)‘ created by Michael Sloan and Richard Lindheim. Now, the third and final chapter of this movie series is going to be released in September 2023. So, let us talk about this action-packed movie franchise and refresh our memories.


The Equalizer (2014) Movie

Synopsis of the first (2014) movie of this franchise

He is The Equalizer.

Denzel Washington plays Robert McCall, a man who believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life. But when McCall meets Teri (Chloë Grace Moretz), a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can’t stand idly by — he has to help her. Armed with hidden skills that allow him to serve vengeance against anyone who would brutalize the helpless, McCall comes out of his self-imposed retirement and finds his desire for justice reawakened. If someone has a problem, if the odds are stacked against them, if they have nowhere else to turn, McCall will help.

Poster of The Equalizer (2014) Movie

The Equalizer (2014) Film – poster.

Key details about the first (2014) movie of this franchise

GenreAction, Crime, Thriller
Age-restrictionsA (18+)
WriterRichard Wenk, Michael Sloan, Richard Lindheim
DirectorAntoine Fuqua
TaglinesWhat do you see when you look at me?
CastDenzel Washington, Marton Csokas, Chloë Grace Moretz, David Harbour, etc.
AwardImage Awards (NAACP) – 2015 Winner Image Award – Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture – Antoine Fuqua
About – The Equalizer (2014) Film.

Trailer of The Equalizer (2014) Movie

Official trailer – The Equalizer (2014) Film | YouTube.

The Equalizer (2014) Movie:- ratings

FM’s rating3.75/5
Rotten Tomatoes ratings as of the date60% Tomatometer & 76% Audience Score
Critics Consensus / Rotten TomatoesThis film is more stylishly violent than meaningful, but with Antoine Fuqua behind the cameras and Denzel Washington dispensing justice, it delivers.
FM & Rotten Tomatoes ratings – The Equalizer (2014) Film.

The Equalizer 2 (2018) Movie

Synopsis of the second (2018) movie of this franchise

Not all enemies are created equal.

Denzel Washington returns to one of his signature roles in the first sequel of his career. Robert McCall serves an unflinching justice for the exploited and oppressed – but how far will he go when that is someone he loves?

Poster of The Equalizer 2 (2018) Movie

The Equalizer 2 (2018) Film – poster.

Key details about the second (2018) movie of this franchise

GenreAction, Crime, Thriller
Age-restrictionsUA (16+)
WriterRichard Wenk, Michael Sloan, Richard Lindheim
DirectorAntoine Fuqua
TaglinesThere is no equal.
CastDenzel Washington, Pedro Pascal, Ashton Sanders, Bill Pullman, Melissa Leo, etc.
About – The Equalizer 2 (2018) Film.

Trailer of The Equalizer 2 (2018) Movie

Official trailer – The Equalizer 2 (2018) Film | YouTube.

Ratings of The Equalizer 2 (2018) Movie

FM’s rating:3.50/5
Rotten Tomatoes ratings as of the date:52% Tomatometer & 60% Audience Score
Critics Consensus / Rotten Tomatoes This film delivers the visceral charge of a standard vigilante thriller, but this reunion of trusted talents ultimately proves a disappointing case study in diminishing returns.
FM & Rotten Tomatoes ratings – The Equalizer 2 (2018) Film.

Spoilers Free review of The Equalizer (1 & 2) Movies

This movie franchise focuses most of its attention on the hero Robert McCall, stylishly played by Denzel Washington. So, let us talk about his dedication to film and acting craft.

The introduction

You know, the original script of this movie had no back story about Robert McCall, so Denzel Washington took the initiative and assisted in developing a unique background story for his cast. For instance, Denzel added obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) to Robert McCall’s personality.

Later on, he also met and asked several real-life persons with OCD to be able to play the OCD aspect properly. Also, to make his character much more believable, he practised daily physical and fight training before the shooting of the movie and as a matter of fact, Denzel trained with the fighter Tyron Woodley for his fight scenes.

We liked his character Robert McCall

We especially like the way, Denzel’s character can calculate the time and plan his action moves, while confronting the bad guys. No doubt, their action sequences are very well-choreographed. He is one of few Hollywood actors, who immerses himself into a role that makes it so real and believable.

Good time pass movies

Not surprisingly, Denzel has won two Oscar Awards for his acting. To be honest, we are truly impressed with Denzel in the first two parts of this movie franchise. Like us, why don’t you catch up with these movies, in which Denzel has a towering presence as an action star? They are good time-pass films.

The conclusion

Meanwhile, we (me and my team members) wait and look forward to watching the third and final of this action movie when it releases and reviewing it for our readers.


The Equalizer 3 movie will be released in the coming months of 2023 and then we shall review the same.

FM Article update:- The Equalizer 3 (2023) Movie Review

The Equalizer 3 (2023) Movie

Synopsis of the third (2023) movie of this franchise

Vengeance meets his equal.

Since giving up his life as a government assassin, Robert McCall (Denzel Washington) 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 has to do: become his friends’ protector by taking on the mafia.

Poster of The Equalizer 3 (2023) Movie

The Equalizer 3 (2023) – poster

Key details about the third (2023) movie of this franchise

GenresAction, Crime, Thriller
ReleasedYet to be released
DirectorAntoine Fuqua
WriterRichard Wenk, Michael Sloan, Richard Lindheim
TaglinesJustice knows no borders.
CastDenzel Washington, Dakota Fanning, David Denman, Sonia Ammar, etc.
About – The Equalizer 3 (2023) Film.

Trailer of The Equalizer 3 (2023) Movie

Official trailer – The Equalizer 3 (2023) Film | YouTube.

Read our FM Article about The Equalizer 3 (2023) Film. 

Focus on the bonus info. about Denzel (Hayes) Washington (Jr.)

Denzel Washington is a globally recognised Hollywood actor. He is from the Black community in America and is considered a legend.

Here is a short list of his body of work over his fifty-year-long career.

MoviesActor: Cry Freedom (1987), Glory (1989), Mississippi Masala (1991), Malcolm X (1992), The Pelican Brief (1993), Philadelphia (1993), Devil in a Blue Dress (1995), Crimson Tide (1995), Courage Under Fire (1996), Fallen (1998), The Siege (1998), The Hurricane (1999), Remember the Titans (2000), Training Day (2001), Out of Time (2003), Man on Fire (2004), Deja Vu (2006), Inside Man (2006), American Gangster (2007), The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009), The Book of Eli (2010), Unstoppable (2010), Flight (2012), Safe House (2012), 2 Guns (2013), The Equalizer (2014), The Magnificent Seven (2017), etc.
TV – Movies, Series & DocumentaryWilma (1977), Flesh & Blood (1979), St. Elsewhere (1982-88), Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream (1995), Half Past Autumn: The Life and Works of Gordon Parks (2000), etc.
Awards1990 Winner Oscar – Academy Awards, USA – Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Glory
1990 Winner Golden Globe – Golden Globes, USA – Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture – Glory

2000 Winner Golden Globe – Golden Globes, USA – Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama – The Hurricane

2002 Winner Oscar – Academy Awards, USA – Best Actor in a Leading Role – Training Day

2016 Winner Cecil B. DeMille Award – Golden Globes, USA

2017 Winner Actor – Screen Actors Guild Awards – Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role -Barriere
About – Denzel Washington

If you like action-packed movie franchises, then check out the article about the Fast X (2023) film from the Fast & Furious movie franchise.

Featured & Other Images: The Equalizer movies | Sony & IMDb.


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