Jake Gyllenhaal and Antoine Fuqua’s Southpaw has yet to come out, but the two are already planning another project: The Man Who Made It Snow. Gyllenhaal will star as American drug smuggler Max Mermelstein, who was “the only American alive ever admitted to the inner circle of the Colombian cocaine cartel.” READ FULL STORY
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Antoine Fuqua and Denzel Washington’s revival of The Equalizer is poised to rule the box office this weekend. The film is based on the 1980s television series of the same name—and favorite show of Max Belfort in The Wolf of Wall Street—but Fuqua and Washington have put a modern twist on the classic thriller.
My first question about The Equalizer after seeing the trailer was, “Why even bother calling it The Equalizer?”
After all, it’s not as if The Equalizer—a 1980s CBS detective drama starring Edward Woodward as a Good Samaritan retired intelligence agent—was a brand that still lured audiences. Antoine Fuqua’s violent action movie with Denzel Washington exists in an entirely different universe, the brutal and vengeful cinematic neighborhood of Charles Bronson, Liam Neeson, and Washington himself. Call it The Equalizer or call it Man on Fire 2—this is a Denzel action film, first and last.
The film doesn’t borrow much from the television show, though Washington does play a haunted retired intel agent by the name of Robert McCall. He works at a Boston-area Home Depot-like store, lives modestly in solitude, rides public transportation, and reads classic novels while hanging out at the local 24-hour diner. But when he befriends a diner companion, a neighborhood hooker (Chloë Grace Moretz) who is roughed up by her Russian-mob bosses, he can’t help but put his skills to use. His Russian equivalent (Marton Csokas) is quickly dispatched to Boston to solve the mob’s problem, and from there on, it’s R-rated clobberin’ time.
Washington and Fuqua, who collaborated on Training Day, which won the actor an Oscar, are aiming a little lower this time. “As the ex-CIA operative Bob, now demoted to cutting wood at a Home Mart, Washington can’t suppress his natural gravitas even though the role is meant for a dweebier actor,” writes EW’s Joe McGovern, in his review.
Read more from EW’s review, as well as a roundup of other notable critics, below. READ FULL STORY
In The Equalizer, Denzel Washington plays a former government op with a particular set of skills. They include dispatching five Russian thugs in less than 20 seconds. Part Taken, part The Professional, The Equalizer is based on the 1980s television series that starred Edward Woodward as a mysterious pro-bono vigilante with a dark past. In Antoine Fuqua’s 21st century update, Washington plays a hero in a world “where knights don’t exist anymore” — so when he sees a young woman (Chloë Grace Moretz) manhandled by pimps, he steps in and metes out justice.
I’m not sure this movie had to be titled The Equalizer, but it looks like fun. READ FULL STORY
In the just-released trailer for Antoine Fuqua’s latest project Olympus Has Fallen, things go from bad to worse for the President (played by Aaron Eckhart) and the country. First his Secret Service agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) gets into an accident which presumably kills the First Lady (Ashley Judd). Later, terrorists attack D.C. from the air and the ground to overtake the White House.
And then…well…you should probably watch the trailer after the jump. It’s pretty spoiler heavy. But essentially, it’s up to ex-Special Forces Officer Banning (“the same guy who was removed from the President’s detail”) to save the day.
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