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The Equalizer 2 is a 2018 American thriller film directed by Antoine Fuqua.

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A decent film and a modest improvement on the first, I thought. A few of the more sentimental elements fall flat (particularly a Woman in Gold-esque subplot involving an elderly Holocaust survivor and its garishly over-the-top conclusion), but the core espionage-and-revenge story is fairly involving and soundly told. And there are a lot of satisfying set pieces (the brutal close-quarters fight in the car, the incredibly suspenseful panic-room sequence) and creative action-movie flourishes (rather flamboyantly staging the final fight in an evacuated seaside town during a hurricane). And though obviously no one is going to cite The Equalizer 2 first when reflecting on Denzel Washington's legacy, he undoubtedly (and adeptly) delivers his usual blend of charisma and stoicism.

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Everything good is in the trailers. Everything involving Melissa Leo and Pedro Pascal (minus the panic room sequence that David mentioned)? Not good. And the idea that Denzel hangs up the pictures of Leo for the bad guys to see, Dark Knight and Spectre style, in the middle of a hurricane, is fucking absurd.

I didn’t think I’d be bored by the end of the movie, but yeah, it was boring.

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A solid sequel. I enjoyed it about as much as the first movie overall even though I think this one has weaker villains and a somewhat underwhelming finale. The action sequences are still very well done and as brutal as ever though. Denzel is great as well and it says something about his level of talent when IMO one of the best scenes in the movie isn't even an action sequence, but an exchange of dialogue between two characters.

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I found it to be better than the first.

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What made it better, not that I'll be readying your reply until I see the film myself, but I might as well ask already.


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I found it much worse than the first. On a technical level this is a much better sequel than the first but it fails in the story and narration. The movie is completely by-the-book scene after scene and you can see the villain even before the murder actually happened. I liked the bits where Denzel figures out how the bedroom murders happened but its not something that police shouldn't have figured out before. The final scene is very well staged as well but none of these scenes build any suspense or stakes. It became boring to watch it in the end.

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This was fine. It suffers from being a bit bloated and goofy at times, and it's not as good as the first, but it's fine. The first hour is odd. I felt that it took ages to actually get into the plot, and it cuts from Boston to Brussels to Washington DC far too many times. There was honestly no good reason why it had to be Brussels. It could have been just another US city, and it would have made them travelling to each more believable. Denzel travels to these places for a short scene then the next scene is being back again in Boston washing dishes. And I'm not sure I liked him being a Lyft driver and righting the wrongs like a neighbourhood hero/Spider-Man. I prefer it when he's actually connected to something, then his skills are warranted. But to just go around looking for things to "equalize", it was a bit dumb. And that whole subplot with the old guy was stupid and unneeded. I had no fucking clue who that woman was at the end. Shouldn't have been included. It added nothing. But the action is good and I do like Denzel a lot. I felt he might've only agreed to do this sequel if he could add things to the story, such as mentoring that kid. A lot of the lines were very much like things Denzel would say in an interview. B


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