so i guess you just wanted another 007 type adaptation. i vaguely remember the TV show and i'm glad the movie did not walk in lockstep with the series. and yes, the movie is kinda like a prequel to Man on Fire, which i have absolutely no problem with! Man on Fire was another very good movie. as Denzel has gotten older, he's found his new groove in terms of character and what role he plays best. Equalizer fits this mold, and he did excellent in his own right. same can be said of Liam Neeson who has had great success in his later years recently in the same type of movies. i assume you would have went to see it in the theatre if he was playing the lead role. personally i wouldn't have minded if Neeson starred in it, but Denzel Washington did an excellent job (fyi, he is a great actor - even without a British or some derivative accent). perhaps you should actually see it before making judgments.