Director Antoine Fuqua reunites with Denzel Washington in this sequel to 2014’s The Equalizer. Washington resumes his role as Robert McCall: a retired CIA Black Ops operative who works as a security guard and moonlights as a vigilante. When his long-time friend Melissa Leo Susan Plummer) is murdered, he embarks on a relentless, globe-trotting quest for vengeance.~Augustine Chay
It's just different than the first one. Not better, different.
Bought this and the first Equalizer when they were on sale. I'd never seen either of them, but heard good things - plus Denzel is usually the same character in ever movie, so if you don't hate him, you'll be OK.
Turns out, he's the exact same character as any movie he has with a train that's out of control (he has a lot of those train movies for some reason)...anyways, he's just like that and John Wick smashed together.
Great film, pleasantly surprised. And I watched the first one, this one was equally as enjoyable yet totally different, which is good for a sequel. Worth the dough.
Very strong follow up to original Equalizer. Story was engaging and had clever twists. Denzel once again provided a top of the line performance while remaining true to his character. Great moments of sadness, anger, determination and action throughout the movie. A little disorienting to have the Mandalorian play such a dark role! I will watch this show many times and will and have recommended to family and friends.
The Equalizer was an unexpectedly good action movie. The idea that someone was able to slow down his own time to defeat evil for the good of man was novel when the 80’s TV incarnation was around. Even better in modern times. Denzel turned in a fine performance that first film too! This time out, McCall is still fighting for the hurt, lost, and the troubled. This time he is a Lyft driver who helps those in need at almost every turn, big or small. We see him helping the elderly, helping troubled teenagers, helping strangers left worse for wear in his Lyft vehicle. Then the unthinkable happens... a dear friend is murdered. McCall then goes beast mode on those who contributed to the death. Action scenes are intercut with some decent, if not a little slowly paced drama. Denzel again fits the role like a glove and does some amazing dramatic work. He is easily still one of the finest working actors we have around today. Overall, the movie is a noble follow up to the first, even if the action isn’t nearly as kinetic. Picture and Sound quality for this release are overall near reference quality— you’re treated to a beautifully rendered 2K digital intermediate and some nice color grading and brightness highlights. This picture is sharp! Sound wise, you’re system will receive some subwoofer punishment and if you’ve got an Atmos setup, those height channels will get a little bit of work going through them as well! If you’re a fan of the series, you’ll likely enjoy it, even if you don’t love it as much as the first... it’s a recommend for me!
This movie is in the same vein as the first Equalizer, but falls a bit short for quality plot and execution. I wanted to love this as much as the first, but this movie falls victim to the sequel syndrome.
Still a great movie, but more as an accessory to seeing the first movie, and then you want to keep the series going. Stand alone, not as good as #1, but as the sequel, not bad at all!
I must admit, I never heard of The Equalizer series of movies until Best Buy had it listed on sale as part of their Deal of the Day. Unfortunately, only The Equalizer 2 [SteelBook/4K] was part of the sale so I picked up it just being curious as to what it's all about. I was definitely impressed with the movie after watching as I really did enjoy it without having any type of expectation prior to watching it. The audio and video quality is good too especially if you have a soundbar that supports Dolby Atmos!
Denzel Washington does in The Equalizer 2 what he's never done before: a sequel. Ex-CIA agent Robert McCall returns for another spin on the classic TV series. In this film, McCall now lives in a different part of Boston, making a living as a Lyft driver while taking on side jobs (he foils a child kidnapping in the beginning), while mentoring a young street artist with gang issues. But when an old friend and colleague of his is murdered by thugs, while on an assignment in Belgium, McCall finds himself facing the surviving members of his old CIA attack team. They're busy cleaning up loose ends, and McCall is next on their list. He deals with them in a complex final battle, in a deserted coastal town during a major storm, from which only one side will emerge victorious. As McCall, Washington brings the action and the drama just as he did the first time around, and the Boston locales are again in evidence for authenticity (there are some scenes of an apartment building for retirees in nearby Lynn--I myself drive by the place frequently, so it's good to see it here). In all, a welcome companion to the original and a worthy addition to anyone's library.