DiCaprio and Scorsese, Scorsese and DeNiro, Hitchcock and Stewart…and NOW Antoine Fuqua and Denzel Washington for the reboot of the high-octane sequel Equalizer 2.
After the death of his closest friend, Lyft driver and former operative Robert McCall (Denzel Washington) sets out to avenge her death by any means necessary.
Washington is one of those few actors who has never done sequels in his career and usually these types of sequels rarely live up to what made the original a crowd pleaser. Not the case with Equalizer 2, which sheds light on the young people falling into the perils of living in the hood, betrayal and grief. McCall is a superhero of sorts for those who are unable to stand up for themselves.
His co-star Ashton Sanders (Miles) holds his own with the double Academy Award winner in each and every frame they share. Orson Bean as the elderly man desperately searching for his long-lost sister Magda is heartbreakingly effective while shedding the light on how senior citizens in this country are consistently disrespected and disregarded.
But, Denzel Washington is executing fight scenes with the fervor of an actor half his age proving that age is only a number. Star power is real and Washington owns it every time he hits the film screen.
Fuqua’s direction of an old-school military storm shoot-out in the midst of a beach storm is the most impressive screen choreography with elements I’ve seen. His intentional use of graphic photos and very clean murder scenes are violent, effective and crucial to the plot.
Equalizer 2 will leave you on the edge of your seat and waiting to see what else Robert McCall has up his sleeves. Produced by Sony Pictures Entertainment and Columbia Pictures. Equalizer 2 storms into theaters on Friday, July 20th.