Equalizer 2, 7.5/10, is the latest action-packed instalment and Denzel Washington is just as bad-ass as you remember. Since watching this film, I have been struggling to decide which of the two I enjoyed more – the sequel is definitely not a let-down to the original. To say I was strongly invested in the second film would be an understatement. Denzel Washington is an actor that I instantly know I am going to be on the edge of my seat with.
So what does the second film have in store for the Robert McCall (played by Denzel Washington)? Since the original film, McCall has still been serving a gritty hand of justice in honour of the exploited and the abused. However, when a close friend from his former life is murdered, McCall is pushed to the limit on how far he will go to correct the wrongs.
McCall is a character that you cannot help but admire. He is completely superb. In the script, it was even made reference to his superhero-like quality. Poised and collected, McCall can deconstruct a situation and against all odds, still come out triumphant. Every action scene will have you fist-pumping the air, rooting for his survival. Nothing ever seems too far-fetched for the audience as they are too in awe of a character on a relentless mission for vengeance. Without disclosing too much information and spoiling the film for you, I want to make reference to one minor part. There is a exchange of dialogue between McCall and a character called Miles (played by Ashton Sanders) that is absolutely sublime. Miles is a young African American with a great talent for the arts but is faced with difficult decision: does he stay on the right-side of the law but possibly end up not making it an artist or does he instead commit to a life of crime and probably end up either in jail or even worse, dead? McCall forces Miles to make a decision but it is the spine-chilling dialogue that McCall delivers that forced a stiff lump in my throat.
If you are a fan of the Equalizer franchise, Denzel Washington or action films more generally then this is most definitely the film for you. If you initially think you are perhaps not a fan of those, I honestly think this could be the film to sway your opinion – it is definitely worth giving a chance. Be sure to check this out before the DVD release because why wouldn’t you want a film jam-packed with amazing action scenes to be even bigger and louder?
Entertainment (of its genre): 8/10
Overall Rating: 7.58