Jeri Jacquin

Coming to 4K Ultra HD, Bluray and Digital from director Antoine Fuqua and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is the return of the man known as the THE EQUALIZER 3.

Robert McCall (Denzel Washington) is sitting in a winery of crime boss Lorenzo Vitale. He is waiting to get a key that will help him get money that was stolen and while leaving, is shot in the back. Driving to get help, he passes out and is found by cop Gio Bonucci (Eugenio Mastrandrea) and taken to Altamonte where Dr. Arisio (Remo Girone) takes care of him.

Recovering, he calls Emma Collins (Dakota Fanning) who now works for the CIA to tell her what is happening and what he found at the winery. The CIA, with Collins go to Sicily and finds cash and drugs. Walking around the town, Robert watches and listens to what is happening to the people. A man named Marco Quaranta (Andrea Dodero), a member of the Camorra, is part of a plan hurting the villagers, taking their money or their house and brutalizing small business owners.

Robert decides to intervene softly but to no avail and the Camorra now have something to really worry about. The Camorra fire bomb a fish store, Bonucci is attacked and Collins is under attack. Camorra’s Vincent (Andrea Scarduzio) is taking great pleasure in putting further fear into the town by demanding they hand over Robert. Forcing Vincent and his gang to retreat, Robert knows this is something he has to do alone.

Finding solace in this town, he is going to make sure they are safe and that Collins knows he still keeps an eye on her from afar. Has Robert MacCall finally found peace?

Washington as McCall plays a man who knows how to be destructive and does it in a subtle way. Never loud and angry, but what he says, he means and those who don’t believe it are shocked on their way to being dead. It is an interesting twist to this character and Washington could teach a master class on it. I enjoy this part of his career in that he doesn’t need to be hugely physical to make a point with the character of McCall. He is just smarter about how he handles it thanks to Washington.

Fanning as Collins is coming from behind the desk into the field trying to figure out who McCall is and why he feels the need to help her so much. It is nice to see Fanning and Washington together again as she creates her own side of the Equalizer story.

Mastrandrea as cop Gio Bonucci has a family to protect and a town that relies on him. Helping McCall was the first step to helping and it does cost him a bit. He is part of the solution to bringing justice to their lovely seaside town and McCall is going to help him get it all back.

Scarduzio as Vincent has been taking and taking with no one challenging his growth in power. McCall does because there isn’t anything for him to lose. Vincent, however, loses a brother and he wants payback of the biggest kind all while keeping the CIA away from his businesses. He has no fear of anyone or anything and Scarduzio is kind of scary actually1

Other cast include David Denman as Frank Conroy, Alessandro Pess as Viking, Daniele Perrone as Angelo, Dea Lanzaro as Gabriella Bonucci, Sonia Ben Ammar as Chiara Bonucci, Bruno Bilotta as Lorenzo Vitale and Gaia Scodellaro as Aminah.

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Special Features on 4K and Bluray Over 15 Minutes of Deleted Scenes, Blood Brothers: The Collaboration of Denzel Washington & Antoine Fuqua, Call to Action, Robert McCall: A Man of the People, Denzel and Dakota: A Reunion, Postcards from the Amalfi Coast, and Jacob Banks “Monster” Lyric Viceo.

THE EQUALIZER 3 is an intense storyline that takes everybody up and down the emotional roller coaster following McCall. The good and the bad go head-to-head the only way they can – with destruction and a gun. Washington’s character only wants to find a place to rest and maybe even call a bit of home but, with evil all around him, it becomes difficult.

Not for McCall, the difficulty is for the bad guys who just don’t seem to realize that he doesn’t know the word quit. Every move he makes is clear and every warning he gives is verbal and using small words for criminals to understand. Yet, there are moments of pain, suffering and innocence lost but which happens when a town decides enough is enough.

Washington and Fuqua give it all and so much more. This story is not for the faint of heart but every moment of it has everything you need to know about Robert McCall.

In the end – justice knows no borders!



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Jeri Jacquin

Jeri Jacquin covers film, television, DVD/Bluray releases, celebrity interviews, festivals and all things entertainment.