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Watch The First Trailer For Denzel Washington As 'The Equalizer'

by Sergio
May 24, 2014 5:04 PM
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The Equalizer

Finally, here’s your first look at the trailer for a film that, no doubt, many of you out there are anxious to see - The Equalizer, starring Denzel Washington and Chloë Grace Moretz, which marks the first re-teaming of Washington and director Antoine Fuqua since Training Day.

Based on popular the 1980’s CBS series, the trailer pretty much tells you the premise and storyline (yeah it’s one of those kind of trailers), and, as I reported here in February, the film got such high test numbers from preview audiences, that Sony has already greenlit a screenplay for a sequel, even before the first film comes out on Sept. 26.

One possible bummer is that, just judging from the trailer, the film might not use Stewart Copeland's memorable score from the TV series, but there always time to fix that.

Take a look:

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  • Another Great Show Ruined | July 25, 2014 2:04 AMReply

    WTFF. The NigGgaalizer. WTFF.

  • another movie im not seeing | July 25, 2014 2:03 AMReply


  • Melissa | May 28, 2014 3:20 PMReply

    I'm pretty sure Paula Patton is black and he saved her in De ja vu. When he is paired with a black actress her role is to be strong black women which I rather see than a damsel in distress

  • Donella | May 27, 2014 3:00 PMReply

    He acted "opposite" or was a companion to black women in... Mighty Quinn, Mo Betta Blues, Ricochet, Malcolm X, Philadelphia, Virtuosity, Preacher's Wife, Remember the Titans, John Q, Antoine Fisher, Out of Time, Inside Man, Deja Vu, 2 Guns...

    But he didn't necessarily save them.

    In Pelham 123, he had two black daughters that provided the motivation for his character. But they weren't in any danger from John Travolta's character.

  • Donella | May 28, 2014 12:28 PM

    Eclecticism, we're agreed. He didn't save them. There's no argument here, so feel better soon.

  • eclecticism | May 27, 2014 9:20 PM

    Donella, sometimes your big-budget mainstream tastes get the best of you. "He didn't necessarily save them" is EXACTLY what we are addressing here: the lack of black actresses playing "damsel in distress" to Denzel's hero. We are NOT addressing the small part of the black girl who plays his family but we rarely see on-screen. Your list is pointless within the context of this discussion.

    Sorry for picking on you. I had a vexing day at work.

  • Reader 1 | May 26, 2014 10:06 PMReply

    So, Kirby is upset that D hasn't saved a sista, but her favorite show on the air is probably Scandal.

  • jasmine | May 28, 2014 1:52 PM

    Men have been rescuing women in movies for like a hundred years. When are we going to see a sista rescuing a brother. And we need to see more black couples on screen yada yada, will we see it? Probably not.

  • Kirby Ashley | May 27, 2014 11:59 AM

    First of all, I'm not a she. Secondly, I'm not upset. I'm just asking. Aren't sistas worthy of being rescued by brothas? In the real world, a brotha is much more likely to risk his life for a sista. But if you flew down from Mars and just watched movies, you'd think the only women worth saving were white women. What, if anything, does that say about our values? Attacking me, doesn't answer that question.

  • Mark and Darla | May 25, 2014 6:15 PMReply

    Last time I saw a black woman as a 'Damsel in Distress' when Bumpy hire Shaft to find his daughter.

  • jane | May 27, 2014 12:51 PM

    Paula Patton played his damsel in distress in 2 Guns.

  • Swank Tony | May 26, 2014 8:37 PM

    You could sort of throw in that mix Morgan Freeman rescuing Gina Ravera in "Kiss the Girls". But I get your point, the damsel role is a rare one for black actresses.

  • DJP | May 25, 2014 6:04 PMReply

    Big Mike, my point was the two are very similar stories. Regardless of whether one was a TV series and another a movie, the stories are almost the same. Keep showing your ignorance.

  • Kirby Ashley | May 25, 2014 5:58 PMReply

    Not that I'm not going to see the film, but riddle me this: Why is Denzel always saving white women? I was trying to think of a movie where Denzel rescued a sista and the best I could come up with was Devil in a Blue Dress, and she was passing. I can think of 3 or 4 movies where he rescues a white female and not one of him rescuing a black female.

  • Malik Heru | May 27, 2014 11:32 AM

    thats a good point.. i was noticing how in almost all of his movies, he dies for white people. that's not by accident.. as a Black lead actor, you're going to finish the movie as a gay person, a dead person, and handicapped or drug addict (four)...

  • milford | May 26, 2014 7:48 PM

    Denzel's always gonna save the white lady or the movie doesn't get made. Not in hollywood, anyway.

  • boomslang | May 26, 2014 6:49 PM

    Paola Patton ain't black though. Call me the day he'll be busy saving Gabrielle Union.

  • JJ | May 26, 2014 12:08 AM

    C'mon that's silly, .but anyway how about Deja Vu with Paula Patton

  • Die Hard | May 25, 2014 3:34 PMReply

    I love Denzel Washington. I am so glad he is doing this movie. Can't wait for it to come out.

  • Uvo | June 2, 2014 5:41 PM

    @MTHOMAS. Why is black America so keen on enforcing and maintaining the 'one drop rule'? Paula Patton and most of your so-called African-American actresses that get the bulk of the black female roles in Hollywood (and black movies) aren't black; they are mixed race. Take away the mixed race people classified as black and it would strike you just what little progress black America (especially the women) have made in US of A's entertainment industry.

  • mthomas | May 27, 2014 12:48 PM

    AND he was trying to save Sanaa Lathan's character in "Out of Time"....let's just give a brother a break. He also worked with an Indian lady in "Mississippi Masala"......his character addressed these thing in that movie.

  • mthomas | May 27, 2014 12:45 PM

    Paula Patton is black......according to America's standard of "one drop of black blood"....!

  • Kirby Ashley | May 26, 2014 11:53 AM

    If it's so silly, then how come it's so rare. Deja Vu was made in 2006, so long ago I'd completely forgotten about it. I just think it would be nice if more brothas rescued more sistas in movies, that's all. As it stands, we have a situation where both white and black men mostly rescue white women. I think it says something about our values.

  • Zachary | May 25, 2014 3:18 PMReply

    Denzel is one of those people who's just naturally a bad ass. Like, he doesn't even have to try. You can put dorky glasses on him and dress him up like a nerd and he'd still be bad ass. This looks like a bit of a rip off of Man on Fire and Taxi Driver but... I'm still watching it. It looks ridiculously entertaining.

  • Rick Miranda | May 25, 2014 2:57 PMReply

    Absolutely use the TV theme. This was one of the best TV shows on, ever! Edward Woodward was excellent. I am glad that they have cast one of the few actors that can do this character justice. Perhaps they may even bring the show back someday.

  • Logic | May 25, 2014 2:50 PMReply

    So glad they are doing this movie. I use to watch the equalizer as a child. Most people I have spoken to never watched the series.

  • Jeff Long | May 25, 2014 2:06 PMReply

    Yes, the TV theme should be in the movie.

  • JLEE | May 25, 2014 1:58 PMReply

    I mean, this is basically Taken

  • Josh | May 25, 2014 1:37 PMReply

    I would have preferred an older actor like Morgan Freeman as that was the charm of the original.

  • Dave | May 25, 2014 2:58 PM

    Denzel is 60.. it works.... Morgan Freeman is 77.. that would not work...

  • kelvin | May 25, 2014 12:24 PMReply

    A must see. Looks really good

  • Black Sun Tzu | May 25, 2014 5:17 AMReply

    It looks good and Denzel kills it. I'm "anxious" to see it :).

  • jim | May 25, 2014 5:43 AM

    apologies, i regret writing that last post. i need to stfu and let yall do what you gotta do. peace

  • jim | May 25, 2014 5:40 AM

    heavy sigh..... Black Sun, i know you're going to say you're "just joking".... But why do black people think ignorance is funny?

  • Jeff | May 25, 2014 12:57 AMReply

    Even when Denzel is working at half-speed, he's still watchable, but this looks (and sounds) like the kind of generic action flicks Willis, Stallone and Schwarznegger used to do in their sleep.

  • Ronald T. Jones | May 24, 2014 9:41 PMReply

    Oh yeah! Denzel gets to kick major !^%^@! We need black heroics on the big screen! Bring it! Bring it! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!

  • Dave's Deluxe | May 24, 2014 8:53 PMReply

    Sergio, "anxious" means to have angst, which means, among other things, to be nervous. I doubt there are many S&A readers who are nervous about seeing this movie. I think what you mean is "eager".

  • DD | May 25, 2014 4:01 AM

    from the oxford online dictionary:

    ORIGIN early 17th cent.: from Latin anxius (from angere ‘to choke’) + -ous.

    usage: 'Anxious' and 'eager' both mean ‘looking forward to something,’ but they have different connotations. 'Eager' suggests enthusiasm about something, a positive outlook: I'm eager to get started on my vacation. 'Anxious' implies worry about something: I'm anxious to get started before it rains.

  • Daniel | May 24, 2014 10:47 PM

    This is correct however, according to Webster's Dictionary, anxious also means "ardently or earnestly wishing."

  • Mark and Darla | May 24, 2014 7:52 PMReply

    Same bat channel, same bat time, same bat villains.

  • DJP | May 24, 2014 6:35 PMReply

    Generic and predictable. Didn't Denzel make this movie before and the title was Man On Fire?

  • Ehh | July 3, 2014 8:02 PM

    You guys are absolutely retarded... Wow. I don't think there is anyone more racist then black people. So dumb... So god damn dumb haha

  • boomslang | May 26, 2014 6:51 PM

    this time he is saving a plain looking random Chica .

  • BigMike | May 25, 2014 1:07 PM

    no actually "Man on Fire" would be similar to The Equalizer, as Equalizer was a TV series in the 80's. Haters keep on hating and showing your ignorance..... give it a shot

  • AC | May 25, 2014 1:25 AM

    yes, yes he did. it's the same film, basically.

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