a perfect piece of cinematographic art

Marton Csokas and Denzel Washinton in THE EQUALIZER

THE EQUALIZER has made the top of the cinema charts in Germany. It is a symphony of perfect images. Director of photography Mauro Fiore created a masterpiece of light and shadows, of endless moments and unforgettable iconic takes.

Marton Csokas (Teddy) has played among many other roles that of Elvenlord Celeborn in LORD OF THE RINGS
Marton Csokas (Teddy) has played among many other roles that of Elvenlord Celeborn in LORD OF THE RINGS

When Fiore’s camera pans around our Russian villain Teddy (Marton Csokas) leaning back shirtless in his chair, alert and confident like a lion on the prowl, he starts to hang like a crucified Antichrist above the city lights.

Later there’s our überhero McCall (Denzel Washington), as he lies on the ground, clad in black, arms outstretched, amidst glittering shards of shattered mirrors, almost spent. Christ and Antichrist, hero and villain, light and shadow. Both actors are captured in the same rhythm, portrayed either as shadowy silhouettes or in a warm, almost caressing light. We learn from the images, that those two are of the same predatory nature. I saw this film in German, and for the first time I didn’t mind (although I would like to have heard Csokas’s take on a Cockney accent in a Russian villain).

This film speaks through photography, light, location and set design. A perfect piece of cinematographic art, made possible by concise screenwriting, brilliant acting and great directing. Antoine Fuqua has worked with Denzel Washinton and Mauro Fiore before in TRAINING DAY (available on Netflix, TNT or on DVD), and I do hope we will see more of this dream team in the future.  [aartikel]B00OHL4BE4:left[/aartikel]

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I see, I like, I write ... mostly about cinema and actors, but also about politics or economy. In English, auf Deutsch, på svenska. This ORF trained news journalist (TV, radio), who has also worked in corporate publishing for international brands and written/edited tons of magazines, has become a blogger out of passion.

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  1. I like this movie. It’s fantastic and full of action. Robert, the main character, is already a retired agent but he cannot stand on the wickedness brought around on his place by the russian mafia. Many people were affected. Even the local police was force to corruption or face death if they fight. When Robert realized that Alina and other whore was forced against their will to sell their body and been badly beaten, he decided to end this wickedness. It is really a good story for a heroic act. Although it is not reveal exactly what happened in the past aside that he was an agent and her wife died, I highly recommend this movie. I give 5 star on this. Thanks.

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