ABC Film Challenge – Action – E – The Equalizer 2 (2018)

Director: Antoine Fuqua

Writer: Richard Wenk (Screenplay) Michael Sloan, Richard Lindheim (Television Show)

Starring: Denzel Washington, Pedro Pascal, Ashton Sanders, Orson Bean, Bill Pullman, Melissa Leo


Plot: Robert McCall serves an unflinching justice for the exploited and oppressed, but how far will he go when that is someone he loves?

Tagline – There will be consequences

Runtime: 2 Hours 1 Minute


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Simple Slow Action Film


Story: The Equalizer 2 starts as we see how Robert McCall (Washington) driving around helping people when he learns they have been mistreated, just being a good guy around the neighbourhood. Robert still has his connection with the agency in Susan (Leo) who gives him the information to help with problems she can’t deal with.

After she is killed investigating a case, Robert reveals himself to his former partner Dave York (Pascal) who has believed he has been dead for years, to help get the people that killed their friend, all while trying to be a mentor to young man Miles (Sanders) who is being drawn into the gangster life.


Thoughts on The Equalizer 2


Characters – Robert McCall no longer works at Home Depot, he is a driver for hire around the town and he listens to the people’s stories and where he sees fit to step in to solve the problems. This time somebody makes it personal and he must come out from the shadows to get revenge. Dave York is the former partner of Robert’s who believed he was dead, he sees his new partner killed and is looking for answers to why his friend stayed away so long. Miles is a streetwise teenager on the brink of making a terrible decision to join a gang, Robert aims to guide him to make the right decision. Sam is an elderly client who Robert wants to help out, he is here to show just how good natured Robert is. Brian and Susan Plummer are the only connections with the agency Robert has, he will do anything to help them, as they help him with little matters he has.

PerformancesDenzel Washington is an actor that will always give us good performances, this is no different because we get to see the calm character and the deadly which he can switch between without blinking an eye. When we look at the rest of the cast, they are good without being anything overly memorable, with the villain being forgettable and the supporting arcs of the story not being given the time to truly focus on.

StoryThe story here continues to show how deadly, but fair Robert McCall can be, he wants to help people out, give them a chance to better their lives or admit to their mistakes. This time the story becomes personal after one of his friends in the agency is killed, sending him on a warpath against anybody involved. This side of the story is easy to watch, the more intense side of the story which is good to watch. The sentimental side of the story is interesting because we see how the problems in the world can be solved with moments of kindness which Robert shows different generations of people in his life, trying to teach people how to treat people, this is nice to watch, only for the two sides of the story struggling to connect to each other.

Action/CrimeThe action in the film is good when we get it, the final sequences being the highlight of the action, the crime side shows how one man can use his connections to get a job done to clean up the streets.

SettingsThe film shows Robert operating in a normal big city, this shows us how stories can be found in most corners for most people.

Scene of the Movie –
The showdown.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The pacing between the serious side stories and the action heavy main story.

Final ThoughtsThis is an enjoyable action film that does everything you would imagine, it isn’t going to be one of the greatest just one you can enjoy without worrying too much about what is going on.


Overall: Simple and enjoyable action.




The Equalizer (2014)

logoDirector: Antoine Fuqua

Writer: Richard Wenk (Screenplay) Michael Sloan, Richard Lindheim (Television Show)

Starring: Denzel Washington, Marton Csokas, Chloe Grace Moretz, David Harbour, Haley Bennett, Bill Pullman, Melissa Leo


Plot: A man believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and has dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life. But when he meets a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can’t stand idly by – he has to help her.


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Modern Vigilantism


Story: The Equalizer starts by showing Robert McCall (Washington) going about his daily routine in his OCD ways. Robert works in a hardware factory called Home Mart where he is loved by the fellow employees. Robert has a very secretive past that the fellow workers try to figure out about Robert also has a friendship with prostitute Teri (Moretz) who he ends up meeting in a late night diner every night.

After Teri gets beaten up by her pimp Robert decides to take a stand by trying to save her, but when the deal doesn’t happen Robert takes matters into his own hands and making enemies with a Russian mob. The Russians send in Teddy (Csokas) a fixer to investigate what happened and after figuring out it wasn’t a rival gang they start looking elsewhere. Robert finds himself turning into a vigilante and trying to stop corrupt cops but the investigation that involves looking for Teri could put the Russians on a path with Robert. Robert having completed his two good deeds Robert goes onto returning to his normal life with little excitement.

Robert continues his good deeds after the store he works at is robbed but he is unaware that the Russian’s are looking for him. After he finds out about the Russian’s Robert decides to take them down along with the corrupt cops once and fall all using his connection with the agency.

The Equalizer takes us into a story that is easy to follow but hard to believe as we follow the one man crusade against a whole mob. The pace of the film comes off nicely as certain other films with a similar subject had slow patches which lost the intense level they could have had. This keeps everything running by showing both sides knowing and keeping Robert’s past hidden long enough to leave us wondering. My negative about this film is how Robert managed to take on all those people without suffering any injuries when we know how ruthless the Russian are. In the end this is an extremely watchable film that could be enjoyed by all the fans. (7/10)


Actor Review


Denzel Washington: Robert McCall quiet man who is loved by the people he works with but keeps everything about his personal life very secretive, but when he befriends a young prostitute he gets beaten up by her pimp and Robert returns to his former life taking out the Russians. Denzel gives a good performance in the leading role dominating the screen every time he is on it. (8/10)


Marton Csokas: Teddy ruthless fixer for the Russians who ends up entering into a cat and mouse battle for one up man ship against Robert. Marton makes for a good villain but in the end comes off very much generic. (6/10)


Chloe Grace Moretz: Teri prostitute who gets beaten up that leads to the start of Robert’s vigilante run against the Russians. Chloe does a good job in the supporting role but could have been used for a longer time. (6/10)


Support Cast: The Equalizer has a supporting cast of work colleagues who don’t know about Robert’s secret but who he keeps safe. It also has the corrupt cops working for the Russians who get what is coming to them.


Director Review: Antoine Fuqua – Antoine does a good job directing this vigilante thriller. (8/10)


Action: The Equalizer has good combat scenes that are more about flashy moves to win quickly. (8/10)

Thriller: The Equalizer pulls you in to what will happen next but slowly paced before big final fight. (7/10)

Settings: The Equalizer uses the settings well to show how each character enters into different worlds to their own normal one. (7/10)

Suggestion: The Equalizer is one for the action fans to enjoy. (Action Fans Watch)


Best Part: Final showdown.

Worst Part: Seems a bit too much for one man to do.

Action Scene Of The Film: Final showdown.


Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No


Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $192 Million

Budget: $55 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 12 Minutes

Tagline: What do you see when you look at me?

Trivia: Actress Chloe Grace Moretz fought for the role of Teri when she found out it was written for someone of the age of 24. She presented herself so well, the director immediately made the change.


Overall: Good Action Thriller

Rating 75