September 1, 2023
The much-anticipated release of “The Equaliser 3,” the final instalment in Denzel Washington’s vigilante saga, has already made headlines for setting a new record within the action franchise. While the film is yet to hit theatres in the United States, it has managed to secure the highest Rotten Tomatoes score in the series, currently standing at an impressive 73%.
This score surpasses the previous franchise high, held by the first instalment with a 60% rating, and far exceeds the series’ low point, marked by a 52% approval rating for “The Equaliser 2.” However, despite this franchise-high rating, early reviews have painted a mixed picture of the film’s quality and entertainment value.
Digital Spy noted that while “The Equaliser 3” may win over some sceptics of McCall’s character, it feels somewhat unoriginal. The film, directed by Antoine Fuqua, delivers what was expected, complete with the familiar elements of good versus bad.
McCall As a Killing Machine
The Hollywood Reporter observed that the movie unfolds predictably, with McCall effortlessly dispatching his adversaries, leaving little room for suspense. McCall is portrayed more as a relentless killing machine than a seasoned secret agent.
On a more positive note, Empire commended the film for providing a solid conclusion to an unlikely trilogy and a fitting end to Robert McCall’s character arc, with Denzel Washington delivering his trademark slick justice.
Total Film praised Washington’s performance as the film’s strongest asset, though they expressed reservations about the supporting cast and certain storytelling choices. They found callbacks to previous movies to be somewhat lacking in depth, yet still acknowledged the movie’s ability to hit emotional beats effectively.
“The Equaliser 3” is currently screening in UK cinemas and is set for its US release on September 1, 2023. As the film continues to gain attention and more reviews roll in, it remains to be seen how the Rotten Tomatoes score and critical reception will evolve, but it’s clear that Denzel Washington’s portrayal of Robert McCall continues to captivate audiences in this action-packed franchise finale. Fans and moviegoers in the US will soon have the opportunity to judge for themselves whether this thrilling saga delivers on its promise of entertainment and vigilante justice.