Equalizer 2

Critics Consensus

The Equalizer 2 delivers the visceral charge of a standard vigilante thriller, but this reunion of trusted talents ultimately proves a disappointing case study in diminishing returns.

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User Ratings: 4,515
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Denzel Washington returns to one of his signature roles in the first sequel of his career. Robert McCall serves an unflinching justice for the exploited and oppressed - but how far will he go when that is someone he loves?

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Cast

Denzel Washington
as Robert McCall
Pedro Pascal
as Dave York
Bill Pullman
as Briam Plummer
Melissa Leo
as Susan Plummer
Orson Bean
as Sam Rubinstein
Abigail Marlowe
as Jana Calbert
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Critic Reviews for Equalizer 2

All Critics (192) | Top Critics (35)

  • Washington is a pleasure to watch on the screen. The two-time Oscar winner is able to tap into his own surplus of moral righteousness even when the script is pulling the carpet out from under him.

    Aug 28, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

    Oliver Jones

    Observer
    Top Critic
  • Clunky, over-processed cement-mixer cinema, given some consistency by Washington's screen presence...

    Aug 20, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • It's ridiculous, of course. And it's violent. It's also impeccably executed (pun intended), powerfully acted and sincerely acknowledges the value of goodness, virtue and doing the right thing.

    Aug 17, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • More of the same from this franchise please.

    Aug 14, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Once it's over, you won't necessarily be itching for an Equalizer 3.

    Aug 10, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It's not much of a movie - more a parade of rah-rah triumphs obscuring a batch of logical oddities - which makes Washington's committed performance stand out like the heavenly host in the night sky over Bethlehem.

    Jul 27, 2018 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Equalizer 2

  • Aug 08, 2019
    This fell into the typical cliché riddled story mode and it lost all the hard work created in the first film. They never invested enough time in the friendship to pull off this story beat and the film doesn't work. I enjoyed the first film and when you compare the films, the sequel is less interesting story wise. Washington is the key here and even he cannot rescue the contrived plot chosen by the filmmakers. I wanted to like this film and the action can only compensate for so much. The supporting plots felt uninspired and with only a few of the subplots paying off. Good action scenes but a friend death that means nothing and serves zero purpose is wasted. Hopefully they can redeem themselves with a third film. 08/08/2019
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Jan 20, 2019
    The ending showdown was very cool, something I've never seen before on screen, Equaliser 2 certainly has things like this that I enjoy, it's not a bad movie, but it is a little bit of a disappointment after the first one. Though I certainly liked The Equalizer more, I am a fan of both movies (so I guess the whole franchise at this point) and if Denzel is up for making more of these Defender-of-the-Downtrodden, ass-kickin' super soldier Action movies with human-interest stories peppered in via the supporting characters, then I'll sure as Hell keep watching 'em.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 12, 2018
    Short of donning a cape in the age of the dominance of superhero movies, Denzel plays a superhero who's power seems to lie in that he can time with a stopwatch how long it takes to whup some ass, which doesn't make sense exactly but does lend itself to some cool ass-whuppings. He's an ex-CIA Special Ops who rides around helping people while disguised as a ordinary, everyday Lyft driver, until somebody kills a friend of his, "and then it gets personal!" Melissa Leo does well here, in a movie where everyone you see onscreen but the hero gets killed.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Dec 10, 2018
    Denzel Washington is sixty-three years-old and will be sixty-four this coming December. I can recall taking note of this fact when writing about the first Equalizer film when Washington was about to turn sixty and how impressive it seemed that the guy had no intentions of slowing down. In the interim between that 2014 film and what is the first sequel one of the world's most charismatic actors has agreed to be a part of, Mr. Washington has still shown no signs of slowing down. Since The Equalizer Washington has already paired with director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) again prior to this latest entry with their remake of The Magnificent Seven which I found to be immensely entertaining as well as having adapted, starred in, and directed August Wilson's seminal piece of work in Fences for which he was shrouded in awards love. And again last year, the actor earned another Best Actor nomination for his work in Dan Gilroy's quirky, but largely effective Roman J. Israel, Esq. (which I probably liked more than you). The point being, each of these gave Washington the chance to continue to do what he loves as he flexed a different muscle in regard to each respective project, but the choice to return to the character of Robert McCall among every character Washington has played is a curious one. I enjoyed The Equalizer upon initial release and was happy to find it wasn't simply another case of an aging star attempting to cash in on the Liam Neeson-proven method of combining a once valuable name on the poster above a newfangled action-centric conflict. Of course, Washington was never relegated to being a star whose name ever lost any value. Denzel is Denzel and no matter what he does people typically turn out in fair enough numbers to justify his mid-range action projects and awards contenders. In fact, since 2009 (which accounts for Washington's last ten films), the star has never seen less than a $50 million lifetime gross with the exception of Israel last year with seven of those ten releases doing over $70 million worth of business during their theatrical runs. Denzel, the man, is typically all the brand recognition that is required and so it feels weird that Washington has been brought into this fold of sequels and franchises. Maybe it's just the first time someone has offered the actor a follow-up to one of his projects or maybe it's just a sign of the times. Whatever the case may be, The Equalizer 2 isn't exactly what one might hope for in a "first" from Denzel Washington, but more it plays into what the first did more to subvert in not being your by-the-numbers action flick as this sequel, with nowhere else to go, had no choice but to surrender to the trend. read the whole review at www.reviewsfromabed.com
    Philip P Super Reviewer

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