Real people! Moretz plays Teri with gut-wrenching inner pain; Csokas relishes his slimy lines with cold glee; you can almost smell David Harbour’s punk rogue cop as he digs his own grave. And Washington himself betrays no fear as a man too disgusted by his opponents to feel disgusted by his treatment of them.
High-octane character study. Robert McCall is a fascinating character, and even during the film’s violent action, the viewer is looking at his indescribable face. Props to veteran composer Harry Gregson-Williams for capturing him with his subtle, haunting score: whether McCall is lancing a gangster’s neck with a power drill, or helping a coworker get a job as a security guard, it’s the same low-burning, consistent hum: the desire to reward good and punish evil that pushes his life forward day by day.