Thanks to Sony Pictures Releasing, we got to see The Equalizer 2 before its Australian cinematic release. This is our review of the movie, but as usual, no matter what we say, we still recommend you to go and see it at your local cinema because there is no better critic than yourself!
Antoine Fuqua‘s sequel to 2014’s The Equalizer is a slightly more subdued affair.
Robert McCall (Denzel Washington) is going about his business of secretly helping the helpless, when an old friend still working in the CIA meets a grisly end. McCall has to investigate his friend’s murder while working as a Lyft driver and helping a local youth pursue a career as an artist and a Holocaust survivor track down his sister.
Fuqua does his level best to convince you that McCall is a man who earns the right to do what he does, but he clearly takes a little too much psychopathic relish in his work. Which is great for us, because this movie really only works when there’s action. You’ll be cheering every brutal death he doles out, and there are quite a few of those.
All told, it’s a little slow going, and its moral pretensions ring hilariously false, but the action is pretty good and that’s what you’ll be going for. Check it out if you enjoy a mindless revenge fantasy.