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New ‘The Equalizer’ Trailer: Denzel Washington Talks About Ernest Hemingway, Kills Everyone

The new trailer for ‘The Equalizer‘ essentially doubles down on what the other trailers have only hinted at: this movie is all about taking weird pleasure in watching a remarkably calm Denzel Washington kill off the Russian mob. It looks nothing like the TV show it’s supposedly based on, but it does look like it’ll fall right in line with the bulk of Washington’s modern filmography. Once again, he plays the coolest guy in the room and once again, he’s a good enough actor to make it all look oh-so-easy.

This new trailer was apparently created to publicize the fact that the film features music from Eminem, which means the second half features one of cinema’s great black actors blowing things up to the sounds of music’s most popular white rapper. So, uh, hooray for diversity?

Anyway, the trailer hits the beats we’ve seen in the other trailers: Washington plays a mysterious loner who gets involved in the plight of a young prostitute played by Chloe Grace Moretz (they chat about Ernest Hemingway in a diner, so you know they’re besties), reveals himself to be some kind of former soldier/assassin/psychopath, and kills everyone. As hit-and-miss as director Antoine Fuqua has been these past couple of years, this thing looks fantastically silly in all of the right ways.

Here’s the official synopsis:

In The Equalizer, Denzel Washington plays McCall, a man who believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life. But when McCall meets Teri (Chloë Grace Moretz), a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can’t stand idly by — he has to help her. Armed with hidden skills that allow him to serve vengeance against anyone who would brutalize the helpless, McCall comes out of his self-imposed retirement and finds his desire for justice reawakened. If someone has a problem, if the odds are stacked against them, if they have nowhere else to turn, McCall will help. He is The Equalizer.

‘The Equalizer’ will premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival before opening everywhere on September 26, 2014.

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