'The Equalizer 3' review: Washington's Sicilian showdown steals the spotlight

The Equalizer 3
While 'The Equalizer 3' may not quite reach the heights of its predecessors, it maintains a strong presence in the film landscape. Photo: IMDb

Denzel Washington triumphantly returns as the former intelligence officer, Robert McCall, in 'The Equalizer 3'. At 68 years old, Washington's enduring charisma continues to charm audiences.

In this action-packed instalment directed by Antoine Fuqua, the franchise's core strength lies in Washington's compelling gravitas. McCall, often perceived as a vigilante possessing extraordinary physical prowess, remains committed to aiding those in need. Set against the picturesque backdrop of Sicily, a town he considers his adopted home, McCall embarks on a mission to protect its residents from the clutches of mafia kingpin Vincent Quaranta, portrayed by Andrea Scarduzio.

Adding intrigue to the narrative, Dakota Fanning joins the cast, her true role in the movie unveiling a thrilling twist at the end.

Beyond Denzel Washington's stellar performance, 'The Equalizer 3' shines a spotlight on Sicily, masterfully portrayed by Director Fuqua as a place cloaked in darkness. McCall's journey through the town reveals his deepening connection with its people, punctuated by moments of reflection over tea at a local cafe.

Washington's ability to command the audience's attention with minimal gestures is truly remarkable. Even in intense action sequences, such as the knife-wielding encounters, his composure remains unwavering. Robert McCall emerges as a character reminiscent of Batman, not only due to his preference for black attire but also his agile movements and unwavering commitment to the town's salvation.

Despite its strengths, the movie occasionally falters as it leans heavily on gory fight sequences, relegating the storyline to a secondary role. The portrayal of the mafia don and his empire, while ostensibly formidable, often feels like mere props strategically positioned within the plot to showcase the remarkable agility and strength of Washington's character, somewhat diminishing their perceived power and impact.

While 'The Equalizer 3' may not quite reach the heights of its predecessors, it maintains a strong presence in the film landscape. Fuqua skillfully weaves the Christian faith in Italy into the narrative, portraying McCall as a guardian angel-like figure who has descended upon the town to protect its residents. He's akin to a watchful protector. However, a notable peculiarity arises from his ruthless pursuit of enemies, often in gruesome ways, without allowing them a chance at redemption. This raises questions about McCall's role as a saviour and his apparent lack of kindness towards his adversaries.

The movie excels in its close-up shots and cinematography, elevating the overall cinematic experience. The film embraces a deliberate retro vibe, acknowledging Washington's age gracefully and refraining from stretching the narrative beyond its limits. It's undoubtedly a must-watch in theatres, especially for those who crave genuine Denzel Washington action without unnecessary exaggerations.

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