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The Equalizer 2 (2018)

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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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Antoine Fuqua

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Denzel Washington ... Robert McCall
Pedro Pascal ... Dave York
Ashton Sanders ... Miles Whittaker
Orson Bean ... Sam Rubinstein
Bill Pullman ... Brian Plummer
Melissa Leo ... Susan Plummer
Jonathan Scarfe ... Resnik
Sakina Jaffrey ... Fatima
Kazy Tauginas ... Ari
Garrett Golden ... Kovac (as Garrett A. Golden)
Adam Karst ... Turkish Father
Alican Barlas ... Dining Car Porter
Rhys Olivia Cote ... Nine Year Old Braelick Girl (as Rhys Cote)
Tamara Hickey ... Grace Braelick
Ken Baltin Ken Baltin ... Grace Braelick's Lawyer
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Storyline

Director Antoine Fuqua reunites with Denzel Washington in this sequel to 2014's The Equalizer. Washington resumes his role as Robert McCall: a retired CIA Black Ops operative who works as a security guard and moonlights as a vigilante. When his long-time friend Melissa Leo Susan Plummer) is murdered, he embarks on a relentless, globe-trotting quest for vengeance.

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There will be consequences. See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for brutal violence throughout, language, and some drug content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Turkish | Hebrew

Release Date:

20 July 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Equalizer 2 See more »

Filming Locations:

Boston, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$62,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$36,011,640, 22 July 2018, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$102,084,362, 20 September 2018

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$124,229,992, 19 August 2018
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

This was Antoine Fuqua's second film to be shot with Hawk anamorphic lenses after Training Day (2001) See more »

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The Belgian hotel's hallways have North American-style exit signs, beige quadrilaterals with "EXIT" illuminated in red letters. European-style exit signs are usually white-and-green rectangles, showing a stick figure running towards an open door. See more »

Quotes

Robert McCall: There are two kinds of pain in this world. The pain that hurts, the pain that alters.
[In Turkish]
Robert McCall: Today, you get to choose.
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Alternate Versions

The UK release is pre-cut to secure a 15 certificate instead of an 18, reducing scenes of "strong violence and gore". Compared to the New Zealand release (whose rating board also releases full running times in mm:ss), it's 11s shorter at 120:34 instead of 120:45 (however, Ireland's board lists the difference at 1m 10s on video, where both versions are rated 15). The cut version was released on DVD & Blu-ray while the uncut version was released on Ultra HD Blu-ray. See more »

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Spun-off from The Equalizer (1985) See more »

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Denzel Delivers A Solid, If Unspectacular, Follow-Up
19 July 2018 | by bastille-852-731547See all my reviews

I'm a fan of Denzel Washington and enjoyed the first "Equalizer" movie. That said, "The Equalizer" was not a film I was necessarily clamoring for a sequel to--although I still was looking forward to it since Denzel Washington and the action scenes in the trailer would be worthwhile. After seeing "The Equalizer 2" at an advance screening, I can say that while the film is not perfect, it's an entertaining ride for adult action junkies that is on par with the first movie in terms of quality.

Denzel returns as Robert McCall, a vigilante-type figure and former special forces operative who begins the movie on a mission in Turkey. After such prologue, the film centers in on its primary narrative thread: a woman who he worked with on multiple missions has been killed by thugs in Brussels. The rest of the film primarily concerns McCall's attempt to bring the perpetrators of such heinous crime to justice, although the film also contains multiple sub-plots--including a new, older adolescent-age character who could theoretically become somewhat of a protégé to McCall in a possible third movie in the franchise.

The action scenes in "The Equalizer 2" are thrilling and intense. Sometimes the intersection of Fuqua's cinematography choices and sound edits can feel and appear a bit choppy at times, but the film certainly brings the white-knuckle goods. The film's action-packed finale scene, a climatic showdown in the midst of an incredibly rough hurricane, is thoroughly effective and satisfying. Just like the first movie, the violence in "The Equalizer 2" certainly earns its R rating. Denzel Washington is great as McCall, blending a unique mix of charisma and ferocity. Just like in the first movie, he is able to carry the film on all of its levels from beginning to end. That said, the film does have one large flaw--that of which the story is highly predictable. If you've seen any other "vigilante"-style action movie before, you'll be able to guess the key plot elements well before they unfold, and the film's sole attempt at a plot twist can be guessed within the first 20 minutes of the movie.

Fans of the first movie and Denzel Washington should be able to look past such banality and enjoy the action-packed ride, and I do recommend the film to them. 7/10


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