Denzel is back!

The film, The Equalizer 2, is the continuation of the first film. Again, following the adventures of ex-government black-ops operative Robert McCall (Denzel Washington), and he tries to ease his conscious of the sins of his past by righting wrongs and protecting the innocent. Along they way, he transforms his community, helping and inspiriting those around him to live up to their potential. Sounds promising right?

In the sequel, again Antoine Fuqua returns in the directors chair. The movie has the same visual-style as the first film. The plot is confusing and the pacing feels off. It takes the film a little while to really get rolling. The convergence of multiple story lines in this one is a slow and ardent process. But no one goes too see The Equalizer films for the plot. We go see the films for the creative ways McCall delivers vigilantes justice to “the villains” of the world.

In all those aspects… the movie delivers. The movie features the most spectacular CQC sequences in possibly any movie ever. Denzel fights people in train cars, taxi cabs, elevators, and bakeries. The fight choreography and the cinematography are in sync. So as viewers (for once) we feel like we can actually experience a cinema fight scene from the driver seat. Not like too many other fight scenes, where shaky cameras and editing deprive us of the purest action sequences.

Fuqua understands the art of suspense. The editor, Director of Photography, and Director cooperate in sync here. Working together to restore suspense to the action genre as the best films in the genre really do (like Predator, Die Hard, and Terminator), but far to many film miss as an important aspect of storytelling.

Denzel is a and has been in some of the greatest films of the past thirty years, so we all know what he is capable of. But in this film, we can tell he is just having a good time. It seems like he enjoys McCall, further proven by the fact that he is appearing in the first sequel of his career.

The Equalizer 2 might not be Denzel’s greatest piece of work, but if you enjoyed the first film, you will likely enjoy the sequel.