The Equalizer 2 (2018)

ANTOINE FUQUA

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2018.  , , , , , , .  Screenplay by , based on the television series created by , .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , , Antoine Fuqua, , , Michael Sloan, , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

The man who keeps a moral balance on the streets is back for another series of reckonings, still living a low profile in Boston and now keeping busy as a Lyft driver.  is riveting in this improvement on the original, an exciting and imaginative rendering of a very familiar plot in which he metes out justice to a few low-life bad guys (including an excellent sequence rescuing a female intern from a bunch of white collar jerks who actually use the word “bro”) before being given a real case to deal with:  the homicide in Brussels of a member of his super secret spy team has repercussions for someone close to him, and finding the culprit and getting revenge take him not too far beyond his own backyard.  At the same time, a friendship he strikes up with a kid in the neighbourhood (Moonlight‘s ) sees him mentoring a promising young man off the streets and away from gangs, which Washington, after years of playing moral fortitude on film, pulls off without coming across as self-righteous.  Moody cinematography, smooth direction and great action sequences that leave behind the detailed timing experiments of the previous film make this an improvement on the original, and even if you can see the major plot twist coming it’s still an exciting and satisfying adventure whose conclusion, set in an abandoned town during a hurricane, is breathtaking.

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