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The Equalizer
(2014)
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Orchestrated by:
Ladd McIntosh
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Varèse Sarabande
(September 23rd, 2014)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you have a history of appreciating Harry Gregson-Williams' sibling scores for Tony Scott thrillers, this entry really no different from the established equation.

Avoid it... if you demand to hear some of Stewart Copeland's original television theme (or much of any stylistic influence) in this adaptation score, a somewhat disappointing but understandable decision.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,586
WRITTEN 12/20/14
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The Equalizer: (Harry Gregson-Williams) Running for 88 episodes in the late 1980's, the "The Equalizer" was a generic vigilante justice television show featuring a former government operative who comes out of retirement to aid helpless victims in crime-ridden America. The 2014 film adaptation of the same name follows the show's framework pretty well; it's the kind of equation in which audiences know exactly what they are going to get. Nothing more, nothing less. After director Paul Haggis and actor Russell Crowe bowed out of the project, Antoine Fuqua took the helm and Denzel Washington landed in the titular role, raising hopes that another film of the quality of 2001's Training Day could emerge. In this version of the tale, Washington is the former operative resigned to a peaceful life working at a Home Depot (they call it something else in the movie, but let's get real) and keeping to himself. When a young prostitute he befriends is brutalized by her pimp, he decides to take action, finding himself at odds with the Russian mafia and killing a whole slew of people in creative hand-to-hand combat. Washington seems to enjoy these types of performances; they are littered throughout the last dozen years of his career, and viewers will find significant parallels between this entry and the various Tony Scott endeavors in which Washington starred. At least this one offers a unique perspective on how to use Home Depot merchandise to kill other human beings, with graphic depictions of such creativity for all to enjoy. Not surprisingly, another carry-over from the Scott/Washington collaboration is composer Harry Gregson-Williams, who has toiled in the previous few years without substantial accolades. He too seems content earning his way with projects like this, and though his thriller music will never compete favorably with his fantasy works, at least he has tackled the thriller genre enough times to write effective music for it in his sleep. Scores of this variety are easily interchangeable, and The Equalizer is a simple and effective but unquestionably boring extension of that sound. Hire a string section, overlay it with thumping electronic loops for the chase sequences, sampled noises for scary synchronization points, slight electric guitar for the element of "don't mess with this asshole" coolness, and piano for the auxiliary character reflection and there you go. No need for anything else. How Gregson-Williams employs those ingredients becomes the issue.



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Alternative review at Movie Wave
Southall - December 31, 2014, at 2:03 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 51:38
• 1. Alone (4:08)
• 2. Change Your World (4:07)
• 3. McCall's Decision (4:08)
• 4. On a Mission (3:51)
• 5. Corrupt Cops (2:47)
• 6. A Quiet Voice (3:37)
• 7. It's All a Lie (10:35)
• 8. Concerned Citizen (2:43)
• 9. Make an Exception (5:08)
• 10. Torturing Frank (3:43)
• 11. The Equalizer (6:39)

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The insert includes a list of performers but no extra information about the score or film.
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