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The Equalizer 2

by Derek Deskins
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Friday Dec 21, 2018
The Equalizer 2

There was something surprisingly special about 2014's "The Equalizer." It wasn't an amazing movie or one that explored anything new, but it had a self awareness that only served to improve the movie. It was like "Man on Fire" without the nuance or anything quite as interesting, but enough Denzel Washington to make that just fine. So it was with trepidatious excitement that I sat for its sequel, the first ever for both Washington and director Antoine Fuqua. Unfortunately, "The Equalizer 2" is far more generic and forgettable than its predecessor.

Robert McCall, the former Marine and DIA operative, is now a Lyft driver. His days are filled with random strangers and a quest for five star ratings. But when he isn't looking for his next ride, he quietly makes things right in a world that seems to be plagued by wrongs. His one connection to his old life and only friend, Susan Plummer, offers him assistance where she can. But when Susan turns up murdered while investigating the death of her client, Robert decides that his skills can better be used for revenge.

"The Equalizer 2" appears to start right where "The Equalizer" left off. McCall is using his abilities to level the playing field for those that can't do so themselves. The action sequences have the same styling that worked so well the first time around, and even though he is brutal in his enacting of justice, you cheer him on (partially just because he's Denzel). But "The Equalizer 2" isn't content to simply build on the successes of what came before. Instead, it chooses to transform itself from the parable of a guardian angel to your standard revenge thriller. As a result, what once felt like something accessible yet slightly different now feels like little more than a well-acted retread. It is competently made and the charm of Denzel Washington, despite mediocre script, is able to keep it interesting enough to watch, but by the time the credits roll, your memory of the film is already fading.

While "The Equalizer 2" isn't content to repeat or build on the successes of "The Equalizer," its Blu-ray release is another thing entirely. Like "The Equalizer" — and, to be frank, most releases of this type of movie — it has fairly standard special features of the electronic press kit variety. They all average about five minutes and don't do much to give you any real insight into the movie or its making.

Adding to that are a handful of deleted and extended scenes that you may watch and then never look at again. The most interesting part of the release is the film's "Retribution Mode." On "The Equalizer," this was called "Vengeance Mode" but despite the difference in moniker, it's the same thing. It allows you to watch the movie and then get behind-the-scenes information as the movie plays. It is an interesting method to displaying special features that make them feel more substantial and offers a more fun way of consuming the material.

But even with "Retribution Mode," "The Equalizer 2" is little more than your average revenge thriller. You can buy the Blu-ray or just wait for it to be on TNT when you can't find anything to watch on a Sunday afternoon.

"The Equalizer 2"
Blu-ray + DVD + Digital


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