By Dave B.
In Equalizer 2, Denzel Washington reprises his role as vigilante Lyft driver Robert McCall. He helps people who have been wronged around town (and the world). His usual routine is shattered, however, when it’s his closest friend who needs to be avenged.
I really enjoyed the first Equalizer movie. It featured an interesting main character, had a more than serviceable plot, and the action was more than solid. Equalizer 2 is a pale imitation in comparison. Washington does his best to breathe life into this film, but the plot is more predictable than my limited vocabulary can adequately express. There is literally no moment in the film that is a surprise. Not one. Quite frankly, the plot is one of the laziest that I’ve ever encountered.
That said, Equalizer 2 is a lot less boring than it could have been considering there are no surprises in the story throughout its two hour runtime. That’s largely because the violence in the film is sudden, smoothly minimalist, and shockingly brutal. Well-choreographed violence isn’t enough to make a movie good, but it can certainly make a movie watchable.
And that’s ultimately the best thing that I can say about Equalizer 2: if you’re in the mood for a vigilante movie, it won’t wow you, but it’ll scratch the itch. I can’t bring myself to recommend one of the most predictable movie’s ever written, but Equalizer 2 is juuuuuust entertaining enough that I don’t completely regret the time that I spent watching it.
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