Small Screen Reviews
Equalizer 2 Review
Sony Pictures Releasing
What's It About?
After the death of an old CIA friend, Robert McCall returns to the murky world of espionage to take those responsible to task.
Who's In It?
Denzel Washington (Malcolm X, Training Day, & more recently Fences)
Bill Pullman (Independence Day, Lake Placid, & more recently Battle Of The Sexes)
Melissa Leo (21 Grams, The Fighter, & more recently The Big Short)
Other notables include:
Pedro Pascal (Game Of Thrones, Narcos, & more recently Kingsman: The Golden Circle)
Ashton Sanders (Straight Outta Compton, Moonlight)
Director: Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, Olympus Has Fallen & Southpaw)
Director Antoine Fuqua and leading man Denzel Washington return for their fourth collaboration to the tale of vigilante Robert McCall, in what happens to be Denzel's first ever sequel. And what a treat that is.
After putting a number of Russian mobsters to bed in the first film, we find McCall now living in Boston, but taking relevant jobs as and when he needs to, including a breathless opening act involving ne'er do wells on a train bound for Turkey. Happy with his quiet and solitary existence, we also see McCall moonlighting as a cabbie in a clever move by Fuqua and writer Richard Wenk, which shines a light on McCall's more compassionate side, but also introduces us to fresh characters and potential excursions/side missions.
But when an old CIA friend of McCall's is killed, in a seemingly random attack in Europe, McCall decides to get involved and find out if any foul play took place, thereby returning to the murky world of espionage. Without giving too much away, it would be fair to say that there was indeed foul play, and that sets us up nicely for an O.K. Corral style shoot out of sorts in McCall's hometown during a terrible storm.
The collaboration of Fuqua and Washington is clearly a special one, and while Equalizer 2 doesn't quite live up to the standards set by the original, it is still an absolute draw and always a delight to see stone cold Denzel delivering some chilling lines before taking the bad guys out.
There is good support from the likes of Pedro Pascal, Ashton Sanders, Bill Pullman and Melissa Leo, but don't be in any doubt that this is well and truly Denzel's film.
In A Nutshell:
Great to see Denzel return to this role, in a fun and frenzied follow up, but it lacks the intensity of the original.
Denzel in his element
Any of the taxi scenes
The final act is a bit by the numbers
Release date: 10/12/2018