Denzel Washington was fantastic. His fight scenes were dazzling, but his whole character was dazzling. He's like an AA Jason Bourne and more intriguing than Bourne. And Chloe Moretz is an amazing actress. She gave her character charm and magnetism. And, she and Washington have tremendous screen chemistry. But, here's why I only give it a 3, and keep in mind, 3.5 is more like it. On a scale of 10, I'd give it 7.
First, I didn't like the heavy-handed music. It's not that the music was bad; it was just too heavy. It weighs on the movie like a weight. A little subtlety would have been nice.
Second, it's too long. Some of the scenes drag. For instance, the fight-out in the Home Depot at the end dragged on way way too long. It should have been half as long. And the very first scene was a tour of his apartment, before we even see him. And I suppose the point was to show how neat it was (he' supposed to be O-C) and also sparse and spartan (he's supposed to live like a monk). But those points should have been made subtly and not via a long silent tour. You expect more than that at the beginning of a movie.
And then the worst thing of all, and this is a little bit of a spoiler, was the decision to send him to Russia at the end. So, after taking out this division of the Russian Mob, he goes to get "the head of the snake"-in Moscow. So, in just 3 days, there he is in control of everything at the guy's fortress in Moscow? In three days? It would have taken him longer just to get a visa. It would have taken half that time just to fly there. That whole element was very far-fetched, and the story didn't need it. However, I did find it cool that, like Bourne, McCall was multilingual, and Denzel Washington did a great job with that too.
So, all in all, I have no regrets renting it and watching it. It was definitely worth the time and money. But, I think it could have been edited better. And I am saying that as someone who has written, produced, and edited a film that is on Amazon. It's a low budget indie film called My Stretch of Texas Ground. It's not rated nearly as high as this one, but, that's because it is very controversial and polarizing. People either love it or hate it.