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All things being 'Equalizer,' art elevates film's brutality
All things being 'Equalizer,' art elevates film's brutality

When star Denzel Washington and director Antoine Fuqua collaborated on 2001's "Training Day," the film won Washington an Oscar and changed the trajectory of his career. Now comes Act 2, "The Equalizer," a tense thriller that also has more on its mind than the familiar genre constraints it operates under. Unapologetic in its excessive, frequently grotesque violence, "The Equalizer" takes advantage of its star-director pairing to elevate its all-too-recognizable story of a man willing to do what it takes to even the odds for the world's beleaguered underdogs. In Fuqua, here collaborating again with Oscar-winning cinematographer Mauro Fiore, "The...

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