Rent The Equalizer 2 (2018)

3.3 of 5 from 606 ratings
1h 56min
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Synopsis:
Denzel Washington returns to one of his signature roles in the first sequel of his career. Robert McCall serves an unflinching justice for the exploited and oppressed - but how far will he go when that is someone he loves?
Actors:
, , , , , , , , , Garrett Golden, , , Rhys Olivia Cote, , , Colin Allen, , , Jim Loutzenhiser, Alessandra Noelle Rosenfeld
Directors:
Producers:
Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, Tony Eldridge, Antoine Fuqua, Mace Neufeld, Alex Siskin, Michael Sloan, Steve Tisch, Denzel Washington
Writers:
Richard Wenk, Michael Sloan, Richard Lindheim
Studio:
Sony
Genres:
Action & Adventure, Top 100 Films, Thrillers
BBFC:
Release Date:
10/12/2018
Run Time:
116 minutes
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
Languages:
English, English Audio Description
Subtitles:
English, English Hard of Hearing, Polish
Bonus:
  • Seconds Till Death: Action Breakdown
  • Through Antoine's Lens: The Cast
  • NBA TV Spots
BBFC:
Release Date:
10/12/2018
Run Time:
121 minutes
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
Languages:
English, English Audio Description
Subtitles:
English, English Hard of Hearing, Polish
Bonus:
  • Retribution Mode with Denzel Washington and Director Antoine Fuqua - Watch The Equalizer 2 with Denzel and Antoine as they take you through their favourite adrenaline-filled action scenes in their very first sequel together, with exclusive commentary and conversation
  • 11 Deleted and Extended Scenes
  • Trivia Track: Pop-up trivia guaranteed to surprise even the biggest fans of 'The Equalizer'
  • Seconds Till Death: Action Breakdown
  • Through Antoine's Lens: The Cast
  • Denzel as McCall: Round Two
BBFC:
Release Date:
10/12/2018
Run Time:
121 minutes
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
Languages:
English, English Audio Description, French, French Audio Description, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai
Subtitles:
Bahasa Indonesian, Chinese, Complex Mandarin, English, English Hard of Hearing, French, Korean, Malay, Portuguese, Simplified Mandarin, Spanish, Thai, Vietnamese

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Reviews (13) of The Equalizer 2

Not as good as the first. - The Equalizer 2 review by CS

I enjoyed the first of these - a revenge movie based in significant part within B&Q type store has lots of tongue in cheek possibilities for extreme pay-back - but I'm afraid Denzel couldn't keep me awake until the end of this follow-up. He's now into taxiing, righting wrongs during his time off, but friends and others are being killed off (dangerous to be a friend of this character, though he will get even...), and there's clearly a conspiracy afoot. A fair bit of action and some excellent fight sequences but you know the script and could probably write it. Denzel is class, but better vehicles for his talents needed.

3 out of 3 members found this review helpful.

A Good if slightly average action movie! - The Equalizer 2 review by CS

Whilst this isn't a patch on the original and I still can't understand why someone with such obvious talents would be living downmarket, acting as a kind of self regulated mercenary. This gets slightly confusing as it's almost several different plots and storylines interwoven, but as each plays out we are then left with the one final plot at the end. I have to say that I predicated quite early on where this was going to go and who the bad guys were. But all in it's still quite a decent action movie, looking at the usual themes of morality and do all Black Americans really go around calling each other Bro and dealing in drugs, or is that a little bit of stereotyping come in, Denzel? This did remind me a bit of Jason Bourne and like Bourne, a good action movie, but not a patch on the original!

0 out of 0 members found this review helpful.

Denzel makes it a 3, just - The Equalizer 2 review by NC

Quite a bit removed from the first one, which was slightly understated, and credible. This one degenerates a bit, with too many extra characters and problems messing the main line. Almost moving into Marvel territory. Perhaps they wanted to spread the money into a bit of a charity benefit for elderly actors?

First film a bit like Leon/Ronin, and second more Segal/Van Damme .

0 out of 0 members found this review helpful.

Critic review

The Equalizer 2 review by Mark McPherson - Cinema Paradiso

Denzel Washington has overwhelming power to his presence that a film such as The Equalizer is perfectly suited to let that inner action star out and tear up the screen. The Equalizer 2, however, acts as little more than another refresher. It’s not as though watching Washington as an unstoppable killing machine in his Kung Fu style mission to judge the wicked from the weak isn’t fun. It’s just a shame that fun has to be in a run-of-the-mill script fished out of the Jason Bourne barrel of stories.

Washington returns to the role Robert McCall, a man who now only takes on dangerous missions of combating terrorists and kidnappers when a local citizen needs his help. When a local bookstore owner has her daughter taken away by a dangerous man, McCall is on the case, putting on a disguise and trotting around the globe to ensure one girl is safe. That’s just the kind of man he is. He’s also the kind of a man who can slaughter an entire train car of bad guys with little more than a beer bottle. Should we expect anything less?

He has recently taken an interest in a local youth of his apartment complex that could use some guidance. The teenager has some artistic talent but he could let it all go to waste if he falls in with the wrong crowd. While McCall makes a point to help this kid out, he has his plate full as well. There’s an elderly man who has survived the Holocaust who he gladly drives every day during his taxi gig, hoping he could someday be reunited with his wife. McCall will make that happen. But, wait, there’s also a bigger plot going on with his old pal (Melissa Leo) who has been targeted and killed to cover up some conspiracy.

While the writing is just a mess of arcs that resolve themselves quickly and sloppily, director Antoine Fuqua still has that special touch for crafting great action. I love the overblown special effects of trying to weave Washington as a super-powered Sherlock Holmes, able to quickly calculate all his moves in taking down anyone, anywhere. One highlight features him using a credit card to beat the snot out of a room of young punks inside a hotel room who beat up a woman. Another highlight, despite being obligatory to any thriller about spies, is the grand showdown which has a certain cleverness for taking place in an abandoned town during a heavy storm, gunfire, and fistfights galore.

Ultimately, the film holds up best from the sheer commitment of Washington to be both a charmer and a violent anti-hero. One of his creepiest moments features him confronting a government agent he believes to be involved in secret murders. He decides to meet the man at his house, in front of his wife and kids amid breakfast. Sure, I’ve seen a number of thrillers that have this same setup but there’s just something about Washington’s performance that makes the expected and silly nature a bit more entertaining.

The Equalizer 2 comes with all the leaps in logic needed to turn Denzel into a superhero, from his perfect shots to his mastery of determining everything from the weather to chemicals. It’s absurd and loses a bit of the minor mystique and grit from the first film, especially with a very flimsy rant he delivers to one misguided youth that comes off as a clunky afterschool special. But for it sets out to be, as unoriginal and uninspired as it may be, Fuqua’s direction saves the picture from becoming a dreary retread and more of a pleasant stroll through familiar territory of a Denzel Washington bloodbath.

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