Oscar season is set to begin very soon, but for now we’re still stuck in the middling weeks of September. That’s not to say that the movies coming out this week look bad, but there’s just not a ton to get excited about. This time around we’ve got trolls living in boxes and Denzel serving his revenge cold.

Just remember, I'm not reviewing these movies, but rather predicting where they'll end up on the Tomatometer. Let's take a look at what This Rotten Week has to offer.

The Equalizer
Rotten Watch Prediction
If movies are any indication of our inner psyches or are a representation of what we daydream about, then dudes think and dream a ton about revenge. How we can get revenge. How to exact revenge. How we wish we could have multiple martial arts blackbelts and an array of weapons training in order to make our revenge more efficient and brutal. And possibly have a person whom we know (or not, either way) that we can avenge in some way. Because man, there are just a ton of these revenge-type flicks coming out in a steady stream.

See what I’m talking about in the trailer for The Equalizer below:



One of my favorite quasi-guilty pleasure movies is Man of Fire, Denzel Washington’s systematic and brutal takedown of a Mexican kidnapping ring as he looks for a girl he was meant to protect. Washington’s stoic and tortured character finding new and creative ways to extract information with emotionless efficiency was great. This looks like a lot of the same thing, which is a good thing. In Ridley Scott’s movie he took down the Mexican baddies "piece by piece." Here it’s the Russians "brick by brick." Whatever way he decides to handle his idioms and killing is fine by me. I am fan of these Denzel roles.

That the movie is handled and directed by Antoine Fuqua doesn’t necessarily guarantee its critical acclaim, but the guy does have a solid action/drama under his belt with Training Day. The rest of his resume reads pretty average with flicks like Olympus Has Fallen (48%) and Shooter (48%). They’re entertaining enough films, heavy on the action, light on pretty much everything else. This latest looks darker, more gripping and reliant on Denzel’s prowess and presence. That’s definitely a good thing, as Washington is more than capable of carrying a film completely on his own. If he’s given some weapons, a mission and a sense of eye-for-an-eye justice then all the better. That’s what we are looking for anyway.

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