The Equalizer 2 Movie review

The Equalizer 2

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If Robert McCall offers you the chance to do the right thing, just do it. As sequels go, The Equalizer 2 is everything you could expect and much more.

The Equalizer 2, is the sequel to the 2014 hit blockbuster, directed by Antoine Fuqua.

Originally based on the television series by Michael Sloan, the movie, starring Denzel Washington, was well-received, taking nearly $200 worldwide at the box office when it was released in 2018.

In fact, Fuqua is the first person to admit that he made the sequel due to the huge response from fans.

What Is The Equalizer 2 About?

The Equalizer 2 picks up straight from the first film. The ex-marine and elusive Robert McCall is back and has decided to apply his special talents full-time.

Still presumed dead, Robert McCall has set up a new life as an app-based taxi driver, which is the perfect way to get to know those who need his assistance.

This assistance can be just a good deed, or it can be a total beating if you don't accept his offer to do the right thing. But things really get messy when thugs kill Susan Plummer (Melissa Leo) while she investigates a case with a former colleague of McCall's, Dave York (Pedro Pascal).

All hell breaks loose when McCall discovers that York is no longer the man he once was. The result is a one-man war that has only one conclusion.

The Equalizer 2 Official Trailer

Is The Equalizer 2 Worth Watching?

If you have read our review of the first Equalizer film, it's easy to see that we were very impressed with the visceral action and incredible camera work.

Director Antoine Fuqua hits us with exactly the same intensity with The Equalizer 2. A notable but great addition is the opening scene which is a clear tip of the hat to the Bond franchise.

There is the same intense focus on the main character, including the books he is reading. Plus, there is just as much, if not more, brutal violence packed into the two hours.

The only downside is the endless list of sub-plots that are the main focus in the first half of the movie. These fade completely in the second half until they are referenced again at the film's end. Make sure you pay attention because these would be easy to miss.

Denzel Washington is back again, reprising this role as effectively as he did in the first. In fact, it's worth noting that The Equalizer 2 is the first sequel Denzel Washington ever accepted, and he brings something special to the Robert McCall character again.

Picking up the mantle of the baddie is Pedro Pascal, who is usually impressive. But, he seems to have difficulty with this conflicted character and never quite fits the role. He certainly does not create anywhere near as complex a character as the bad guy in the first film.

Now, there is a downside to The Equalizer 2. It is a little predictable, and somehow there doesn't seem to be the same connection with the characters. This could be because there are so many subplots.

But, generally, as a sequel goes, The Equalizer 2 is better than the standard vigilante thriller and worth a watch. If you enjoyed the first film, then you should watch this.

Cast Of The Equalizer 2

Directed by Antoine Fuqua and produced by Jason Blumenthal and Tony Eldridge, The Equalizer 2 had a release date of July 20th 2018. It was another massive success for Columbia Pictures as fans flocked to see Denzel Washington dispense his vigilante justice.

But it takes more than Washington to create a great movie, so here is the film's cast, who all did a solid job bringing the story to life.

Denzel Washington as Robert McCall who serves up unflinching justice for those who have been wronged.

Pedro Pascal as Dave York

Ashton Sanders as Miles Whittaker

Orson Bean as Sam Rubinstein

Bill Pullman as Brian Plummer, Susan's husband

Melissa Leo as Susan Plummer, Robert's best friend

Jonathan Scarfe as Resnik

Sakina Jaffrey as Fatima

Kazy Tauginas as Ari

Garrett Golden as Kovac

Tamara Hickey as Grace Braelick

Rhys Cote as Grace's daughter

Adam Karst as Grace's Turkish ex-husband

Antoine de Lartigue as Mr. Calbert (Belgian Husband)

Abigail Marlowe as Jana Calbert (Belgian Wife)


  • Amazing Action Sequences
  • Brilliant Direction From Antoine Fuqua
  • Excellent Denzel Washington


  • Too Many Sub Plots
  • A Tad Predictable


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