My general stance against remakes, reboots and reimaginings notwithstanding I found Antoine Fuqua’s take on The Equalizer with Denzel Washington to be a fairly entertaining flick. I admit that this is largely bias due to the fact that I identified intensely with the character of Robert McCall. Being a solitary creature of the night who often finds himself playing the role of sentinel to the dark regions of the city. To have to fight back the urge to seek out reprehensible scum and bring them the vicious justice they so desperately deserve. Um, figuratively, of course, I’m not saying I’ve actually gone out looking for bad guys late at night. That would be uh…nuts. Heh heh…right?
Anyway, I liked the flick. I didn’t really think about a sequel, I suppose one was inevitable. Sequels make me really wary…they so often go wrong. Let’s take a look at the trailer for The Equalizer 2 and cross our fingers.
I kept waiting for someone to say “This time it’s personal!”. Uh, not sure, I can do without the rap music. If I never hear rap music again for as long as I live that would be fine. It looks like there’s more action but sequels always have more action, it’s one of the many mistakes they make. More this. More that. Often less is more. What won me over in the first one were the quiet moments of solitude, contemplation and the charm of the character. So far it’s looks like a streaming rental.
The Equalizer 2 starring Denzel Washington, Ashton Sanders, Pedro Pascal, Melissa Leo and Bill Pullman hits theaters July 20.