When a close friend is murdered, Robert McCall stops at nothing to
find the murderer and discovers a shocking connection to his past.
The Equalizer 2 (2018)
Directed by Antoine Fuqua
Written by Richard Wenk
Starring Denzel Washington, Pedro Pascal, Ashton Sanders,
Melissa Leo, Bill Pullman, Orson Bean, Jonathan Scarfe
Sequel to 2014's The Equalizer
Based on the 1985-1989 TV series
It was only a matter of time before The Equalizer got the Taken treatment and abandoned all its nuances and layered storytelling for one-note characters and popcorn violence. Even Denzel looks like he doesn't want to be there half the time. The Equalizer 2 is an action-heavy, violent film that's missing the social commentary and morally gray characters that made the first film so intriguing. The story is virtually nonexistent and the film's attempt at a twist reveal is so unoriginal that audiences will no doubt see it coming from a mile away.
Denzel Washington is back as retired agent Robert McCall, who now works as a fixer of sorts who helps people in his neighborhood with serious problems. When a good friend of his is murdered, he drops everything to find the killer and get revenge. Of course, it's not that simple, and he ends up in quite a pickle. By this time, we all know who the bad guy is, though the film has yet to tell us directly, which makes the reveal pretty anticlimactic. There's a couple of tense moments and a few good action scenes, but overall the film is quite dull and suffers due to a lack of a good story or any interesting characters that aren't just cardboard cutouts of government or military characters from every action movie ever made.
The Equalizer was a solid action flick that didn't need a sequel gumming up the works. But we live in an age where everything gets a sequel, regardless of whether or not it makes sense or is deserved. It's starting to get annoying, to be perfectly honest. This film isn't very good because, like Sicario: Day of the Soldado, it feels studio-mandated. The first one was good so we have to make another one, and we have to do it fast. It's the surefire way to make a s**t movie, that's for sure.