Denzel Washington Kills A Whole Lot Of People In The First Trailer For The Equalizer

The last time that Denzel Washington and director Antoine Fuqua collaborated on a project, the results were pretty damn spectacular. The actor and filmmaker teamed up to make Training Day - a David Ayer-scripted cop drama about a young detective and his experience working with a corrupt superior his first day on the job. Playing the brutal and scary Det. Alonzo Harris, Washington created one of his most iconic characters and put on one of the best performances of his career, earning an Academy Award in the process. It's been 13 years since Washington and Fuqua have worked together, but as you can see in the trailer above, their big reunion - the crime thriller The Equalizer - is on it way.

Based on the 1980s television series starring Edward Woodward and adapted into a screenplay by Richard Wenk (16 Blocks), The Equalizer stars Washington as Robert McCall, a former black ops commando trying to live a normal, anonymous life in Boston after faking his own death. When he becomes involved with a young woman (Chloe Moretz) in trouble with the Russian mafia, however, he can't help himself but get sucked back into his old ways helping the helpless against overpowering authority.

If you guys were hoping that Washington would be coming back to play a character as wild and crazy as Training Day's Det. Harris, you may be sadly disappointed by this trailer. McCall seems like a very even-headed, calm character who just so happens has the ability to take out a room of five guys in under 20 seconds. When you really think about it, along with the fact that he is helping to protect a young white girl, it's not hard to make comparisons between this film and Tony Scott's Man on Fire:

Man on Fire

What could end up being kind of cool and interesting about this film is its interesting thoughts on what is considered a weapon. Yes, there are a lot of guns, but this is a trailer where we see a guy stabbed with a wine bottle opener, another guy get a shot glass in the eye, yet another guy gets suffocated in his car, and yet another guy get pulled up by his neck by barb wire. There doesn't seem to be any kind of "fun" element to it - the tone being very dark and serious - but it could end up being some version of entertaining.

This trailer, which comes to us via Trailer Addict, gives us a pretty good look at The Equalizer, but it's still going to be a little while until we get to see it. Sony plans to have it in theaters on September 26th.

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