YMMV / The Equalizer

  • Colbert Bump: Before the movie put the show back in the public consciousness, there was Rob Reiner's epic rant about getting a phone call right when it starts in The Wolf of Wall Street.
  • Complete Monster: Nicolai Itchenko, aka Teddy Rensen, is the Dragon-in-Chief for Russian gangster Vladimir Pushkin and stands out among the mobsters in his cruelty. He starts by brutally beating an Irish mobster to death, stating it to be about sending a message, something that scares even the Dirty Cop who works with him. Then he interrogates Alina's friend and fellow prostitute Mandy in her house, trying to pose as friendly before he strangles her to death. After Robert McCall receives information on him, it is stated that he executed two corrupt officers who worked with him by beating them to death and stuffing them in the back of a car with their testicles removed and shoved on their mouths. At the climax, he kidnaps and threatens to kill Robert's coworkers to force him to surrender. He is described as a "sociopath with a business card" which is fit: he openly admits to Robert that he sees being sentimental as a weakness and sees no gain in it. Robert breaks his long time promise to not return to his vigilante days just to deal with this man.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: observe.
  • Escapist Character: The movie version is squarely in this territory. Who secretly doesn't want to be a seemingly unstoppable, resourceful badass, fighting off rooms full of gun toting gangsters with their bare hands, barely breaking a sweat sometimes, and getting justice for their victims, without needing any of those silly superhero powers? Not only that but the guy isn't exactly young either.
  • God-Mode Sue: McCall comes across as such; only one of his many opponents (a burly Mook) gives him any real trouble, and Teddy goes down in a few shots from a nail gun.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Control.
  • Retroactive Recognition: A pre-The Magnificent Seven Haley Bennett as Alina's older friend/fellow prostitute.
  • The Woobie: Alina in the film. Forced into prostitution, and clearly doesn't enjoy what she does, but doesn't have any way to escape. Even sadder when she's shown interacting with McCall, and the audience gets a glimpse of the normal teenager she could have been. Fortunately, she's able to survive her injuries, and by the end has started to go to school and has a safer job.