The Equalizer 2 is a sequel to the first movie released back in 2014. In his first sequel of his career, Denzel Washington returns as the hero, who works as a Lyft driver helping people that he comes across. When his oldest friend is killed, he will stop at nothing to hold those responsible accountable.
The first Equalizer is an underrated action movie. This one is a worthy follow up, even though it doesn’t quite live up to the potential it sets itself up for. Denzel is great as always. He has some really good monologues and can still play a believable action hero. You can tell he enjoys playing the character, which explains why he returned for the sequel. His young counterpart, whose name I can’t recall but who plays a troubled youth Denzel is trying to keep out of the gang life, is also great. The action scenes are solid and well shot, which you should expect from a director like Antoine Fuqua. There’s a lot of entertainment to be had in this one.
The movie’s biggest fault is not following the best storylines it has going for it. I was far more interested when Denzel was basically playing a more violent Michael Westen from Burn Notice (bonus points for you if you get the reference) as a Lyft driver, while also trying to help a young man off the streets. The movie easily could have stuck to those storylines. Instead it goes with the far more cliched and boring revenge theme. It is something you’ve seen a thousand times before, including in several of Denzel’s movies. The Equalizer 2 is also about 15 minutes too long and will end up being more forgettable than anything else.
The Equalizer 2 is worth watching if you enjoy the first one. It might not be one to rush out to the theater to see, but is worth watching on cable eventually. It had potential to be great, but settles for being just decent.
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