If you have a problem and there is nowhere else to turn, the mysterious and elusive Robert McCall will deliver the vigilante justice you seek. This time, however, McCall’s past cuts especially close to home when thugs kill Susan Plummer — his best friend and former colleague. Now out for revenge, McCall must take on a crew of highly trained assassins who’ll stop at nothing to destroy him. (From Imdb)
I really like the first Equalizer movie, and while I don’t think it is quite on the level of something like the John Wick franchise, the first one is of the finer action movies as of late. Antoine Fuqua is a director that time, and time again makes really entertaining movies. Just about everything he has done lately, hasn’t exactly blown me away, but I usually walk feeling pretty satisfied with the end product. This is the case with the Equalizer 2 as well.
Right out of the gate you can tell that this isn’t as good as the first film. My biggest complaint is that in a lot of ways it feels like a copycat of its predecessor. This however is pretty common theme with sequels, and not that surprising overall. The good thing is that if this a film is just a copy-it’s a pretty good one at that.
Denzel is just doing his thing in what is easily one of his most enjoyable roles. He’s such a good actor. There’s really not much more to say that hasn’t been said already. As for complaints, there are lot of moments where he is carrying “vigilante justice” for people that he meets while driving for Lyft. (good ole product placement) This was highly entertaining, but doesn’t connect to the actual plot of the movie at all. About the first 30 minutes is in no overall connection to the rest of the movie. It was a fun collection of scenes, but really didn’t really serve any concrete purpose. I also don’t love the fact that the Equalizer never feels like he is any real sense of danger. As in the John Wick films, the main character finds himself in some precarious situations, but there really isn’t any of that in these films.
This is a good action flick, it’s not perfect but it has some great moments. This is one of those sequels that really isn’t an improvement over the first, but still is a solid watch. I’m game for a third, but only if Fuqua is directing.