Rated: R
Release Date: 07/20/2018
Production Company: Sony/Columbia

Denzel Washington, Melissa Leo, Pedro Pascal, Ashton Sanders and Bill Pullman.

Director: Antoine Fuqua. Producers: Denzel Washington, Antoine Fuqua, Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, Tony Eldridge, Mace Neufeld, Peter Oberth, Alex Siskin, Donald Sparks and Steve Tisch. Executive Producers: Richard Wenk and Molly Allen. Screenwriters: Richard Wenk, Michael Sloan and Richard Lindheim. Cinematographer: Oliver Wood.
By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

Despite his accomplished film career, Denzel Washington hasn’t reprised a role until now.

Washington, who won Oscars for his amazing work in “Glory” and “Training Day,” is back and better than ever in “The Equalizer 2,” a satisfying follow-up to his 2014 hit movie, “The Equalizer.”

In “The Equalizer 2,” from director Antoine Fuqua (“The Magnificent 7” remake), Washington plays Robert McCall, a retired CIA Black Ops operative turned Lyft driver in Boston who still dispenses, swift, street justice to anyone who wrongs or harms innocent people.

It’s best that you simply do the right thing and play by the rules, otherwise it’s not going to end well for you.

Robert (Washington) has adapted to his quiet lifestyle now. He still misses his wife and fills his time reading and talking with his Lyft passengers.

Along the way this avenging angel can’t help but take care of those who find themselves in some uncomfortable positions, whether it’s a mother trying to locate her missing daughter, or a teenager (an excellent, Ashton Sanders, “Moonlight”) trying to escape the grips of a gang in his drug infested neighborhood or an abused young woman (Tamara Hickey, “Chappaquiddick”) who hooks up with the wrong, rich guys.

However, nothing prepares Robert for the news he gets regarding his former colleague and best friend, Susan Plummer (Melissa Leo, TV’s “I’m Dying Up Here”). Susan has been killed and Robert’s former co-worker, Dave York (“”Kingsman: The Golden Circle” and TV’s “Narcos”) helped orchestrate the murder.

That sets Denzel off and in hot pursuit to use every one of his unique skills to methodically kill those responsible for Susan’s death.

The action is incredibly intense this time around and Washington is extremely calculating as he seeks revenge on the bad guys.

But what I really liked most about “The Equalizer 2” is returning screenwriter Richard Wenk allows the movie to breath and doesn’t simply turn it into a blood splattering actioner.
Don’t get me wrong it’s bloody violent, but the involving story moves at a nice pace as it leads up to the heavy hitting.

Some of the film’s most gripping moments are when Washington is shown merely thinking about his next move and says absolutely nothing.

Washington is such a phenomenal actor and he truly owns this role. I sure would love to see it taken to a new level and have it developed into a Jason Bourne type series. Antoine Fuqua and Washington have already worked on four movies together. “The Equalizer 2” is further proof that they are a dynamic duo.

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Look At This Trailer For "THE EQUALIZER 2"

Lana K. Wilson-Combs is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics’ Association (BFCA), the Black Reel Awards Voting Academy and a Nominating Committee Voting Member for the NAACP Image Awards.


Brian's Song Title: Brian's Song
Year Released: 1971
Running Time: 90
Production Company: Screen Gems (Sony)
Director: Buzz Kulik
Director of Photography: Joseph F. Biroc
Screenwriter: Gale Sayers, Al Silverman and William Blinn
Author: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

REVIEW: This Review Reprinted In Honor Of Movie Critic Bill Gibron--May 14, 1961--May 11, 2018. Pictured Top Left.

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