Pretty soon Denzel Washington will have played just about every type of character in law enforcement. While I remain a fan of some of his more recent roles, I'd be lying if I didn't say that some of them were starting to blend together for me.
Take for instance, THE EQUALIZER: the upcoming remake of the 1980s crime TV drama starring British actor Edward Woodward. Washington has stepped into Woodward's role of a former secret agent-turned vigilante who helps clients "equalize" their odds. In the new movie, Chloë Grace Moretz plays a young girl who must be rescued by Washington, whose heroic efforts put him face to face with Russian gangsters.
Tell me this doesn't sound very similar to 2004's Man on Fire. Of course, it sounds like a few things have been changed for this big screen adaptation, but substitute Moretz for Dakota Fanning and you've pretty much got Man on Fire. Either way, I'm here for badass Denzel (who's reunited with his Training Day director, Antoine Fuqua for this role), so I can't even be all that mad about his somewhat identical roles recently (save for Flight, which I really liked).
Here's a little more info on THE EQUALIZER:
In The Equalizer, Denzel Washington plays 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 gangster, he can't stand idly--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. He is The Equalizer.
I'm getting a very strong Taken vibe here, especially with the "hidden skills" reference. Hey, wouldn't it be cool if Liam Neeson and Denzel Washington teamed up for a movie? I digress.
Anyway, check out the latest trailer for THE EQUALIZER, in theaters September 26th.