the Equalizer 2 review

It’s fairly cold comfort that The Equalizer 2 is an improvement on its 2014 predecessor. That film’s director and star, Antoine Fuqua and Denzel Washington, have returned for this follow-up, which is largely more of the same. The first film was exceedingly dour, grim and gratuitously violent, with Washington’s Robert McCall laying waste to all sorts of faceless baddies. This time around, while the reasons why McCall has to fend off bad guys hit closer to home, much of the story is predictable and Fuqua’s unable to rein in the film to a more manageable length. All told, this manages to be a bit better simply by not being that excessive.

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Equalizer 2 Ciips

Next week brings Denzel Washington back to the big screen in badass mode for The Equalizer 2. The sequel finds the Oscar-winning actor returning as Robert McCall, a former black ops commando who has faked his death to live a quiet life in Boston. However, the wrong people still cross his path, and he ends up delivering some good old fashioned street justice to those who can’t help but wrong others. Two new Equalizer 2 clips have just surfaced showing us what the titular vigilante is dealing with this time. Read More »

Equalizer 2 Trailer

Thanks to Avengers: Infinity War, Deadpool 2, and Incredibles 2 superheroes have dominated the summer box office so far. But when July rolls around, the vigilantes and spies will have their day. Tom Cruise is coming back as Ethan Hunt in Mission: Impossible – Fallout and Denzel Washington will also be back in the franchise that is becoming his own Mission: Impossible series.

The Equalizer 2 brings the return of Danzel Washington as Robert McCall, a man who fights against injustice whenever he sees it. And as a Lyft driver, he comes into contact with some pretty shady characters, as you’ll see in the new Equalizer 2 trailer. Read More »

Anthony Bourdain Tribute - Waffle House

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, a video remembers the life and career of Anthony Bourdain after the famous chef and travel host took his own life last week. Plus, Stephen Colbert takes aim at the hateful fanboys who are ruining Star Wars for the rest of us, and Denzel Washington auditions some familiar faces in sports to be the next Equalizer.

First up, The New York Times put together this profile that illustrates perfectly why people loved Anthony Bourdain so much. He wasn’t just a TV personality who loved food and traveling. He was someone who helped us connect to the rest of the world and realize that we’re not so different from each other.

Stephen Colbert and his staff at The Late Show were annoyed with the news that Star Wars: The Last Jedi actress Kelly Marie Tran felt the need to leave Instagram due to hateful fanboys harassing her online. So they created this trailer to put them in their place and tell them to grow up. For more, listen to our special podcast episode about it.

Finally, during the NBA Finals, Denzel Washington and Sony Pictures took the time to have some of the NBA’s biggest stars (and even some from the WNBA) audition to become the next star of The Equalizer franchise. It should come as no surprise that these athletes aren’t the best actors, but this is still a fun gag.

john wick chapter 3 photo

In this edition of sequel bits:

  • A teaser poster (of sorts) for John Wick: Chapter 3
  • Lethal Weapon 5 might still be happening after all
  • Will Paddington 3 happen? It should, but no one knows yet
  • Bond 25 won’t start production until the end of the year
  • Another behind-the-scenes look at Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
  • A new Equalizer 2 poster
  • David Leitch offers an update on Atomic Blonde 2 and Hobbs and Shaw
  • Jenn Murray joins Maleficent 2
  • An explanation on Deadpool 2‘s title, in case you needed something like that

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The Equalizer 2 director

Denzel Washington is starring in the first sequel of his career with The Equalizer 2. Washington was doing just great without a franchise, but he found a potentially good one in Sony’s remake of the 1980s CBS television show. Months before The Equalizer came out, the studio got the ball rolling on a follow-up film, tapping the original film’s screenwriter Richard Wenk to pen the sequel. Initially, it wasn’t known if director Antoine Fuqua (The Magnificent Seven) would come back to the director’s chair, but Fuqua is indeed returning for The Equalizer 2.

Below, learn more about The Equalizer 2 director.

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Denzel Washington in The Equalizer

Sony got the wheels turning on a second The Equalizer before the first The Equalizer even hit theaters, and now they’re finally ready to make it official. The studio has announced a sequel to the thriller, with Denzel Washington expected to return as vigilante Robert McCall. More details on the Equalizer sequel after the jump.  Read More »

Equalizer trailer

You’d think people would know better by now than to mess with Denzel Washington, but then again his movies wouldn’t make any sense if they did. So in the latest The Equalizer trailer he finds himself targeted by Russian mobsters, who quickly realize he’s much more than the mild-mannered retail worker he pretends to be.

What he is exactly isn’t quite clear, but despite his easy jokes about being a former Pip (as in Gladys Knight & the) it’s obvious he has a dark, dark past. He attempts to atone for his sins by helping the helpless, including a young girl (Chloe Grace Moretz). Watch the new Equalizer trailer, which prominently features Eminem‘s new song “Guts Over Fear,” after the jump.

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‘The Equalizer’ TV Spot Teases Eminem’s New Song

Equalizer Eminem song

There are plenty of reasons to look forward to Antoine Fuqua‘s The Equalizer, and now here’s one more. The latest Equalizer TV spot doesn’t just tease the film, it also offers a taste of the new Eminem track that’ll debut with it. Titled “Guts Over Fear,” the song combines Eminem’s snappy rhymes with lush backing vocals by Sia.

As for the movie itself, Denzel Washington leads as a man trying to atone for his dark past by helping those in need — like a young girl played by Chloë Grace Moretz. Hit the jump to watch the Equalizer TV spot.

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Antoine Fuqua Equalizer

No single film launched Denzel Washington as a star. A collection of late ’80s and early ’90s performances, culminating in the drama/thriller combo of Philadelphia and Crimson Tide, cemented his leading man status. One picture, however, does tend to stand above most of Washington’s work by virtue of the ferocity he brought to the role. Training Day, released in 2001, saw director Antoine Fuqua guiding Washington to one of his most striking performances, and to his second Oscar win.

Antoine Fuqua and Denzel Washington have teamed up again for The Equalizer. While the film is based on the concept created for an early ’80s TV show starring Edward Woodward, in which a former special ops guy uses his skill set to help the needy, the film is something a bit different.

This Equalizer is, as Fuqua explains, meant to be a bit like a European thriller, and a bit like a Western. Aesthetically, it is bit more spare than your typical studio action picture, more lean, even brutal. We visited the Boston-area set of the film, and spoke to Fuqua about the project. Read More »