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The Equalizer 3 - Equalizing the Italian Underworld

Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3/5 stars)

Released 09-01-2023

Watched 10-07-2023

Reviewed 10-10-2023

Rented on iTunes

"Nine seconds. That's what I'll give you to decide your fate. Nine seconds."

"The Equalizer" series has made its mark as a thrilling, action-packed drama with Denzel Washington portraying the role of Robert McCall with unparalleled intensity. In "The Equalizer 3", we find our ex-government assassin trading the bustling streets of Boston for the scenic beauty of Southern Italy. But as the saying goes, trouble always finds a way.

This installment differs from its predecessors in the depth of personal stakes. McCall isn't just looking to right wrongs; he's defending his newfound home, lending a sense of passion and urgency to his actions. This added layer gives a fresh perspective, making the movie a tad more engaging than the original. The scenes in Southern Italy not only offer visual delight but also showcase a cultural milieu that enriches the storyline.

However, the film can't quite match the emotional punch of "The Equalizer 2". While McCall's motivation in this sequel is personal, it misses that raw, visceral sense of pain and revenge that drove the narrative in the second part. There's certainly danger, suspense, and intrigue in abundance, but it's tough to surpass the sheer emotionality of its immediate predecessor.

Denzel Washington, as always, is captivating. His portrayal of McCall is both heartwarming in its moments of vulnerability and absolutely chilling when he takes on the mafia. The action sequences are well-choreographed, keeping you on the edge of your seat, and the cinematography beautifully captures the contrast between the tranquil Italian landscapes and the violent underworld.

In conclusion, "The Equalizer 3" offers a lot to its viewers - drama, action, a touch of culture, and the indomitable spirit of Robert McCall. While it does miss a certain emotional gravitas, it is a worthy watch for fans of the series and newcomers alike.

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