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  • Writer's pictureStephen Yanni

The Equalizer 2 - A Sequel That Strikes Harder

Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5 stars)

Released 07-20-2018

Watched 10-07-2023

Reviewed 10-10-2023

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"The mistake you made was you killed my friend. So, I'm gonna kill each and every one of you. And the only disappointment in it for me is that I only get to do it once."

There are sequels that merely coast on the success of their predecessors, and then there are those that elevate the franchise to an entirely new level. "The Equalizer 2" commendably belongs to the latter category.

While the original movie introduced us to Robert McCall's (Denzel Washington) thirst for justice and formidable combat skills, the sequel delves deeper into his character's emotional layers and personal relationships. This aspect becomes the film's primary strength, especially the relationship between McCall and Susan Plummer (Melissa Leo). In a tragic twist of fate, McCall finds himself avenging the death of Susan, his last true friend. This narrative angle gives the action sequences and his mission a poignant underpinning. It's not just about justice anymore; it's about personal loss and the depths one will go to for the sake of love and friendship.

Director Antoine Fuqua masterfully crafts this tale of vengeance, weaving it with both heart-pounding action and heart-wrenching emotion. His collaboration with Denzel Washington, as in the first film, remains electric. Washington, as expected, delivers a phenomenal performance, showcasing his versatility as he swings between a relentless avenger and a broken-hearted friend.

But beyond the vengeance and action, "The Equalizer 2" offers an equally compelling subplot with the introduction of Miles (Ashton Sanders). McCall's mentoring relationship with this young, budding artist showcases a softer side to his otherwise tough exterior. Their interactions, filled with lessons, vulnerabilities, and growth, add a layer of depth to the movie, making it more than just another action-packed sequel.

In conclusion, "The Equalizer 2" surpasses its predecessor by diving deeper into its lead character's psyche, making his journey more personal and, therefore, more engaging. The intricate balance of heart-stopping action sequences and heartfelt moments between characters ensures that this film will resonate with both action lovers and those seeking a more profound narrative connection. Highly recommended for a thrilling cinematic experience with a soul.


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