The Equalizer
  • Directors(s)

    Antoine Fuqua

  • Production Year

    2014

  • Genre(s)

    Drama, Action

  • Approx. running minutes

    126m

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Film

The Equalizer

strong bloody violence, sex references, strong language

A man believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and has dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life, before he meets a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters and can't stand idly by.

  • Directors(s)

    Antoine Fuqua

  • Production Year

    2014

  • Genre(s)

    Drama, Action

  • Approx. running minutes

    126m

Posters and synopsis powered by IMDb

THE EQUALIZER is a US action feature about a former 'black ops' commander who comes out of retirement to save a young prostitute from some Russian gangsters.

Violence

Strong bloody violence includes several action sequences in which the hero kills gangsters. He sometimes uses improvised weapons, for example stabbing a man under the chin with a corkscrew and slamming a shot glass into another man's eye. These sequences are very rapid, with the focus on the hero's skill and ability to think quickly. Other violence includes people being shot, stabbed and repeatedly punched, with brief but bloody images of the bodies afterwards.

Sex

Strong verbal sex references, and references to prostitution.

Language

Frequent strong language, including 'f**k' and 'motherf**ker'.

This work was originally seen for advice. The company was advised that the film was likely to receive an 18 certificate but that their preferred 15 classification could be achieved by making cuts to reduce the violence in two scenes. When the finished version of the film was submitted for formal classification, edits had been made to reduce sequences of violence, including detail of a stabbing with a corkscrew and a garroting. The formal submission was consequently rated 15.

  • Classified date

    05/12/2014

  • BBFC reference

    AVF308857

  • Language

    English