It’s four years since Denzel Washington last played Robert Mc Call in The
Equalizer, now approaching his 64th birthday he returns to dish
out violent justice in The Equalizer 2.
The sequel opens with a prologue on-board a speeding Turkish train and
involves him single handily rescuing the daughter of his local bookshop
owner from her abusive father.
Back in the good old US of A Mc Call has left his job in the department
store where he worked, and caused so much carnage in the first movie, and
his now working as a taxi driver in Boston. As well as paying the bills
driving also allows him to eaves drop into people’s lives and to play the
Good Samaritan when he comes across injustice, one such scene sees him
dispatching his own inimitable style of justice to a group of
cocaine-snorting upper-class young men who push a bruised and battered
female into the back of his taxi.
In between his driving and part time vigilantly work McCall also finds time
to help out a young artist (Ashton Sanders) who stays in his block and who
he believes is becoming mixed up with the wrong people.
As he is helping out the local community Mc Call receives devastating news
involving his old CIA pal Susan Plummer (Melissa Leo), the news causing him
to down his taxi keys and seek out those that have wronged his former
friend and associate.
Needlessly to say there’s plenty of violence as Mc Call sprays bullets and
finds even more ingenious ways of dispatching his foes.
Directed by Antoine Fugua who worked with Washington in Training Day and
the first Equalizer movie, The Equalizer 2 isn’t a patch on the first
outing, where the first outing was fast paced and full of action this one
feels much slower and it does tend to drag between its action scenes.
That’s not to say that it’s not enjoyable as it is, however compared to
Robert McCall’s first outing this has to go down as something of a