The Equalizer 2 (NC16)
Starring Denzel Washington, Pedro Pascal, Melissa Leo
Directed by Antoine Fuqua
Denzel Washington is back as black ops agent-turned-avenging angel Robert McCall. The sequel, again helmed by Antoine Fuqua, is the Oscar winner’s first in his illustrious 40-year career.
Understandably, he tries to pack a lot in his itinerary: besides the primary mission (track down his CIA bestie Melissa Leo’s murderers), McCall is also busy helping a Holocaust survivor recover a lost painting and a prodigious lad (Moonlight breakout star Ashton Sanders) tempted by street gangs.
He's doing all that while being a Lyft driver. (Try giving him a one-star rating.) Had he skipped a side mission or two, the pacing would’ve been much tighter. That, and a more formidable villain (Marton Csokas, you're missed) would’ve elevated this otherwise average follow-up. (**/12)
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