Director: Antoine Fuqua
Writers: Richard Wenk, Michael Sloan (based on the television series created by)
Stars: Denzel Washington, Pedro Pascal, Ashton Sanders, Melissa Leo
Please Note: The Following May Contain Spoilers (But I Tried Hard Not To)
Before I go into my reasons for this comment, I need to state that if you enjoyed this movie or think I’m completely wrong then I’m jealous of you. I wanted so bad to enjoy this as much as I did the first one and the fact that I didn’t just saddened me greatly.
Why was I so disappointed though? Well can I firstly say that it had nothing whatsoever to do with Denzel Washington who, as usual, put on a stellar performance consistently the whole way through. My issue was with the story itself. The whole concept was so strong and had so much promise; a close friend of Robert (Denzel) is killed and he is called in by her husband to do what he does best (this is all in the trailer people, no spoilers here). So of course this sounds so bad ass I mean we all saw, I hope, how he reacted in the first film when he was protecting some girl he befriended at the diner late at night so one could only imagine how epic the revenge of a close personal friend was going to be. Now don’t get me wrong, his revenge had some pretty epic moments, but it was the lead up to it all that just dragged on and on and seemed to go in several pointless circles before reaching the conclusion. That was topped off by a couple of characters that really didn’t seem at all necessary to the overall story and instead were there to fluff it out a bit and show that hey he’s still a guy helping the innocent….except when he of course inadvertently gets them involved and almost shot, and don’t even get me started on the way he helped a young guy from his building, Miles (Ashton Sanders), get out of a gang…..I feel like there would 100% be repercussions to Miles and probably Robert after the stunt he pulls and shhhh I know it’s a movie but still.
Then we get to the ending which I will just say, without spoiling, it could have been so much more and instead it felt rushed and easy. I, as a viewer, wasn’t left satisfied and instead found myself imagining 100 different ways I thought it could have been done better.
Having said all of that, the action sequences, which are much fewer than in the first film, were well executed and action packed. I just wish there had been more punch and less yawn. So, while I’ve seen the first film twice, I won’t be watching this one again.
My Score: 3/10
Watch If You Like: The parts of Equalizer 1 that didn’t have any action or suspense.