The Equalizer 2: Movie Review
I was a big fan of the first one. The story was more coherent and pointed. Introducing us to Denzel Washington’s Robert McCall character. The fight scenes with him timing them were an eccentricity that I reveled in as were his reading habits.
It opens with a scene that is reminiscent of the storytelling in James Bond or mission impossible but with heart. This one sort of alludes that it is picking up years later that McCall has been doing his equalizer thing and surprise he’s now a Lyft driver (sponsorship much?) who is always early.
The film shows him helping people in big and small ways, both violently and non-violently. It portrays a McCall that has dealt with some of his trauma and is a more whole human being. However, it feels to have lost its secret sauce. While the action and fights are compelling, the storytelling seemed muddled.
There are actually many competing narratives, perhaps too many to follow. The subtle threads being woven seemed to culminate in the denouement scene of the film. Culminating in yet more wholeness for McCall’s character. But it leaves the audience a bit lost and grasping, it’s an action film and morality play that doesn’t quite gel.
The only sense I can make of it is that the film attempts to take the viewer through the twists and turns of resolving the grief and trauma narratives via a kind of moral crusade of a soldier who experiences PTSD. The narrative issue seems to be in the communication of this in a relatable and experiential way.