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The Equalizer 3 on IMDb

Plot Overview

penguin on skisFirst in "The Equalizer" we met ex-government assassin Robert McCall (Denzel Washington) who'd been persuaded by his cherished wife to give up his grue­some occupation. After­wards she died and then as a Lyft driver he would run into fellow Bostonians who could use his help. Later in “The Equalizer 2” he's traveled further down the road of vigilantism and has now sympathized with a brick­layer whose entire pension fund was appropriated by foreign hackers. Currently in “The Equalizer 3” he has tracked them down to southern Italy, taken care of business, and is having his wounds tended by country doctor Enzo Arisio (Remo Girone). He phones in a tip to CIA desk jockey Emma Collins (Dakota Fanning) who subsequently leads a raid on the villa McCall had earlier sanitized of every man-jack there and from where he'd got his intel.

coffee timegirl on computerKaboom!crucifiedright handWhile recuperating said hairless Negro frequents a café—he likes tea & spicy food—where he befriends Carmela (Manuela Tasciotti) a thin, dark-skinned waitress who jokes about a mismatched dish of spaghetti con carne. By and by, he gains the trust of the villagers (“They see you as one of us, now.”) He uses pain compliance to force the Camorra to back off from shaking them down, unwit­tingly provoking a fierce mob response.


hand crank ice cream makerHere arises conflict à la, (Prov. 30:33) “Surely the churning of milk bringeth forth butter, and the wringing of the nose bringeth forth blood: so the forcing of wrath bringeth forth strife.” The idea in the proverb is that a state of peace and conciliation can change to one of war just as a liquid (milk) can change to solid (butter) through constant agitation (churning.) Or hit a critical area (nose) and it bleeds. The former is illustrated in a fire­works display where hot streamers expand as they descend through the atmosphere changing from a plasma state to a whiff of sulfur. The latter is illustrated by a carabanieri trooper whose face gets bloodied to teach him a lesson.

spud manspudspudspudThe village puts up with mob shenanigans for a long time until suddenly, with McCall as a catalyst, they can't take it no more and fight back. Vincent Quaranta (Andrea Scarduzio) has been grooming his younger brother Marco (Andrea Dodero) to move on from fleecing small potatoes to a more important land grab and flood of drugs, to be blamed on jihadis. When bro Marco gets taken out by the equalizer, Vincent descends on the village with vengeance.

Production Values

” was directed by Antoine Fuqua. It was based on a weekly television series of the 80's about an ex-CIA agent stealthily helping those in need while punishing the bad guys. It was written by Richard Wenk, Michael Sloan and Richard Lindheim. It stars Denzel Washington, Dakota Fanning and Eugenio Mastrandrea, along with David Denman, Gaia Scodellaro, Remo Girone, Andrea Scarduzio, and Andrea Dodero. Washington's performance dragged along until a rather impressive finale. His dramatic presence was limited to his actions as his face was obscured by darkness, a down­side to putting a darkie in the lead. Home viewing will not improve this situation.

MPAA rated it R for strong bloody violence and some language. This third EQ is worthy of the first two but adds little. Runtime is 1¾ hours.

Review Conclusion w/a Christian's Recommendation

There is no clue this takes place in a Catholic country. The festival parade wasn't even religious, unless I'm mistaken. The action treads steps gone in before, with some variation in a female agent getting her feet wet. If you like this sort of thing, you'll enjoy it.

Movie Ratings

Action factor: Edge of your seat action-packed. Suitability For Children: Not Suitable for Children of Any Age. Special effects: Average special effects. Video Occasion: Good for a Rainy Day. Suspense: A few suspenseful moments. Overall movie rating: Four stars out of five.