Popcorn Addict: The Equalizer 2
Revised tagline: A Lyft driver with a heart of gold.
Denzel Washington is back as Robert McCall with Antoine Fuqua back as the director of this action-packed sequel. It truly is the story of Robert living his life as a Lyft driver who occasionally harms or kills people in Robin Hood-style fashion. However, he's brought back into the mercenary life when his friend Melissa (Susan Plummer) is murdered, along with another member of his former team. In the midst of all of this drama, he is also mentoring a talented high school student (Ashton Sanders) who is attracted by the quick money of drug life and assisting an elderly Lyft client (Sam Rubinstein) who is a Holocaust survivor.
The story is fairly straightforward with the exception of the B- and C-plots. After the main action, I forgot about the elderly man's arc until the final scene. The twist is SOOOOOO predictable it is eye-roll worthy. It drastically hurt the quality of this film. While better than The Commuter, this "twist" will make this film forgettable. As far as acting, Denzel was Denzel. The other actors were good companions to Denzel, particularly his young mentee Miles (Ashton Sanders).
However, the action scenes were very well-choreographed and well-directed by Fuqua. Denzel reported doing most of the fighting stunt work, which is admirable in this film. The action scenes were better than the sequel, so action movie folks will love these aspects. Fuqua knows how to properly film and light action scenes where you are not missing the actual combat. The violence is gory; many patrons were turning their heads towards the end.
In sum, this was a nice summer action picture. Although it's a play-by-the-numbers action film, it's worthy watching once. Denzel has proven himself as a dynamic action star who I would love to see with a better script.