Search
Norfolk Tourism Awards

Film Review: Washington is bright spot in generic sequel to The Equalizer

PUBLISHED: 11:32 19 September 2018 | UPDATED: 11:41 19 September 2018

The Equalizer 2. Pictured: Denzel Washington as Robert McCall.  Picture: PA PHOTO/SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT INC/GLEN WILSON

The Equalizer 2. Pictured: Denzel Washington as Robert McCall. Picture: PA PHOTO/SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT INC/GLEN WILSON

Denzel Washington and director Antoine Fuqua team up for the fourth time for this sequel to 2014’s The Equalizer – a film loosely based on the 1980s British television series starring Edward Woodward.

Despite the pair’s storied careers, this film interestingly marks the first time either Washington or Fuqua have worked on a sequel.

With that fact in mind, it is perhaps telling that this film plays very much as a standalone piece, requiring little to no knowledge of the original.

Washington stars as former CIA operative Robert McCall, now quietly working as a taxi driver while dispatching his own unflinching brand of justice on behalf of the oppressed.

A prologue set in Turkey shows McCall has lost none of his meticulous planning skills and razor-sharp reactions as he expertly dispatches a train carriage full of aggressive goons in order to rescue a young girl.

When his friend and former colleague Susan Plummer (Melissa Leo) gets caught up in an assassination plot involving an under cover agent, McCall is drawn into a conspiracy where the stakes are much more personal.

Pedro Pascal stars as his former partner Dave York and the impressive cast also includes Moonlight star Ashton Sanders and Bill Pullman.

Pullman plays Brian Plummer, husband to Melissa Leo’s character, but is unfortunately given precious little to do in what amounts to nothing more than a bit-part.

Washington himself is reliable as ever and delivers another thoroughly convincing performance, but overall the film only partially manages to capture the essence of the original.

The shorter side stories that weave through the narrative, work much better than the bigger overarching plot, which is incredibly transparent and includes twists you can see coming a mile off.

The violent final battle set in a stormy seaside town feels cliched and is rather predictable.

The Equalizer 2 is not a bad movie, just a rather ordinary one.

The likes of Pascal and Sanders do well with the material they are given but they deserved a better script than this.

The film is worth watching, if only for the compelling performance of the always engaging Washington, who manages to elevate what is otherwise a fairly generic action movie with the occasional thrill but very few surprises.

The Equalizer 2 is showing at the Regal from September 28.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Stowmarket Mercury visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Stowmarket Mercury staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Stowmarket Mercury account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other popular content

Once the mist and fog clears this morning, it is set to be a dry and bright day in Suffolk and north Essex with plenty of sunshine expected over the weekend.

34 minutes ago

The family of an elderly man who died after “woeful” record-keeping at a care home failed to detect health problems have said they hope his carers have learned lessons from the tragedy.

34 minutes ago

The centenary of the end of the First World War is now just three weeks away with ceremonies to mark the Armistice happening across the world as well as here at home in East Anglia.

Today is your final chance to stake your claim on a share of £10,000 worth of sporting equipment that we are giving away to Suffolk youth football teams.

Local weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 5°C

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Stowmarket Mercury regular newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

MyDate24 MyPhotos24