Starring: Denzel Washington, Dakota Fanning, Sonia Ammar, Remo Girone, David Denman, Gaia Scodellaro
OUR RATING: ★★★½
Action thriller sequel directed by Antoine Fuqua. The Equalizer 3 (2023) follows Robert McCall (Denzel Washington), who finds himself at home in Southern Italy, but soon discovers his new friends are under the control of local crime bosses. As events turn deadly, McCall knows what he has to do, become his friends protector by taking on the mafia.
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Lorenzo Vitale: [in Italian] So I make sure I understand. You came here. Alone. To this vineyard, in Sicily. For?
Robert McCall: You.
Lorenzo Vitale: [in Italian] You know who I am, then?
Robert McCall: I know what you are.
Lorenzo Vitale: [in Italian] Yet you came anyway. Why?
Robert McCall: You took something that didn’t belong to you. I’m here to take it back.
Lorenzo Vitale: [in Italian] How did you find me? No one ever has.
Lorenzo Vitale: [in Italian] Here you are. Except you’re a few meters short of what you came for.
Robert McCall: [in Italian and English] We all end up where we’re supposed to be. Which means, your man to my left, finger on the trigger, but he’s a foot too close, which renders your man to my right dead already. He just doesn’t know it yet. I feel sorry for his family. Nine seconds. That’s what you have to decide your fate. Nine seconds.
Enzo Arisio: [in Italian] Gio saved your life. So I ask, did he save a good man? Or a bad man?
Robert McCall: I don’t know.
Robert McCall: [in Italian] Where am I?
Enzo Arisio: Where you’re supposed to be.
Aminah: [in Italian, to Robert as she serves him coffee] I’m sorry, but tea is for old ladies and Englishmen.
Robert McCall: You’re going to need a physical access team.
Emma Collins: You know all this how?
Robert McCall: Just passing through. I thought it might be of interest to you people.
Emma Collins: “You people”? You know who you’re calling?
Robert McCall: The CIA Financial Operations Group. You track suspect money sources, right?
Emma Collins: Yeah. That’s right. Hold on. Let me get something to write this down with.
Robert McCall: No need for that. Everything on this line is recorded anyway, right? Buddy?
Robert McCall: [flashback] One day someone does something unspeakable to someone else, and you do something about it because you can.
Susan Plummer: Because it’s who you are? Who you’ve always been?
Enzo Arisio: Big football match in two days. When I was young man, I used to play.
Robert McCall: Were you any good?
Enzo Arisio: No. That’s why I became a doctor.
Robert McCall: What do you see when you look at me? I mean, when I come here, you take care of me. You don’t call an ambulance. You don’t call police. You don’t call carabinieri. Why?
Enzo Arisio: Remember what I asked you?
Robert McCall: When I first come?
Enzo Arisio: Yeah.
Robert McCall: Yeah. Yeah. Am I a good man or a bad man, you asked me.
Enzo Arisio: And you said you didn’t know.
Robert McCall: I don’t know.
Enzo Arisio: Only a good man would have said that.
Marco Quaranta: [in Italian] Been praying?
Vincent Quaranta: [in Italian] I don’t think God is listening.
Aminah: [to Robert, referring to the locals] They see you as one of us now.
Emma Collins: You don’t look like you sound.
Robert McCall: You do.
Emma Collins: Who do you work for?
Robert McCall: I’m retired.
Emma Collins: From? I can just take you in, and we can do this at our office.
Robert McCall: You need jurisdictional approval for that. Unless you want to take me to a black site. Torture me.
Emma Collins: Says the man who knew which agency line to call. Where did you get that number?
Robert McCall: In the book.
Emma Collins: What book?
Robert McCall: Little black book.
Emma Collins: How did you know I was me?
Robert McCall: You’re reading a tour guide for Rome. We’re in Altamonte. And your voice.
Emma Collins: What about it?
Robert McCall: The way you pronounce your M’s, it’s a dry, sandpapery sound.
Emma Collins: I’ll work on that.
Robert McCall: You should.
Emma Collins: Police found multiple dead bodies on that vineyard.
Robert McCall: Yep. Yep. Yep. Drugs are a dangerous occupation.
Emma Collins: You kill them?
Robert McCall: Do I look like a guy who kills people?
Emma Collins: I’m warming to the possibility.
Robert McCall: Touchet.
Emma Collins: Like it or not, you’re a person of interest.
Robert McCall: I’m an interesting person.
Emma Collins: What else can you tell me?
Robert McCall: Nothing. And believe me, I wish I could.
Emma Collins: Not even a little curious?
Robert McCall: About?
Emma Collins: How I found you?
Robert McCall: Oh, that’s easy. You took the same ferry crossing. You noticed the security cameras on the terminal building. You rewound two weeks, saw the license plates for the VW, GPS gave you the location. How am I doing so far?
Robert McCall: Next, you’ll do a deep search on the name.
Emma Collins: Already in the works.
Robert McCall: Oh. Good. Good. Good. That should raise your antenna.
Emma Collins: Why is that?
Robert McCall: I don’t want to spoil it for you.
Emma Collins: Stick around. I’m just getting started.
Robert McCall: Me too.
'One day someone does something unspeakable to someone else, and you do something about it because you can.' - Robert McCall (The Equalizer 3) Click To Tweet
Emma Collins: McCall.
Robert McCall: Very good. Two C’s, two L’s.
Enzo Arisio: [to Robert] What happens here, happens in many towns. It’s the Camorra. The Ndrangheta. What you call Mafia. They’re like cancer. And like cancer, no cure.
Robert McCall: You believe?
Emma Collins: In what?
Robert McCall: In miracles.
Emma Collins: You mean a bunch of seemingly random acts all falling into line at the right time and place? No.
Robert McCall: So how did the search go?
Emma Collins: Apparently, you’re a ghost.
Robert McCall: Boo!
Emma Collins: Not afraid of ghosts. Or anything else I can see, Mr. Two C’s and Two L’s.
'Everything in life is about timing.' - Robert McCall (The Equalizer 3) Click To Tweet
Emma Collins: I came here to tell you you’re not a person of interest.
Robert McCall: No?
Emma Collins: Just an interesting person, for the time being.
Robert McCall: Got a plan?
Emma Collins: You think I’m new to this?
Robert McCall: Desk job two years. Probably your first field tour. You’ll be dealing with the locals now.
Emma Collins: Point is?
Robert McCall: They have their own agendas. What they say is not always what they mean.
Emma Collins: Aren’t you just full of tips.
Emma Collins: Why me?
Robert McCall: The question is, why Sicily?
Emma Collins: I’ll circle back to you with the answer when I’m done.
Robert McCall: I know you will.
Emma Collins: Then you can answer my question. Why me?
Marco Quaranta: You like being in other people’s business.
Robert McCall: I’m trying very hard not to be, but you make it very challenging for me.
Marco Quaranta: You should stay out of things that are not your concern. It’s bad for you.
Robert McCall: Lord knows I’m allergic to bad things.
'I understand weakness. I understand pain. I understand death. I understand suffering. And because of these people, I'm starting to understand peace. You can't take that away from me.' - Robert McCall (The Equalizer 3) Click To Tweet
Robert McCall: You know, I believe that everything in life is about timing. Now, unfortunately for you, yours isn’t very good. Three weeks ago we wouldn’t be having this conversation, but I’m here now. I’m really beginning to like this place, and the people. I’m starting to believe, from the bottom of my heart, that this is where I’m supposed to be. So, whatever it is that you and your friends do, please do it somewhere else.
Marco Quaranta: You warning me?
Robert McCall: I’m preparing you.
Robert McCall: [as he grabs Marco’s arm] That’s the median nerve that I’m compressing. On a scale one to ten, that’s a two. That’s a three. You don’t want me to go to four. I go to four, you’ll s**t on yourself. You don’t want that. I don’t want that. They don’t want that. Tell your compadres that they can leave. Tell them to beat it.
Robert McCall: [to Marco] It’s called “pain compliance”. Your brain is telling you to do one thing, but your body’s telling you something else.
Robert McCall: You’re looking in the wrong place.
Emma Collins: McCall?
Robert McCall: It’s not terrorists. It’s the Camorra. Be careful.
Robert McCall: [to Vincent] It’s me you want. I killed your brother. I asked him, “Leave these people alone.” He wouldn’t listen, so.
Vincent Quaranta: You’re a long way from home, American.
Robert McCall: I’m where I’m supposed to be. Here I am. Here I am.
Vincent Quaranta: You understand what happens now?
Robert McCall: I understand weakness. I understand pain. I understand death. I understand suffering. And because of these people, I’m starting to understand peace. You can’t take that away from me. God is my witness, you’re not going to take it away from them. So, do you understand? That’s the question.