Denzel Washington’s first sequel, “Equalizer 2,” is predictably pleasant.
Predictable because there are few surprises in this story of a retired secret agent turned vigilante, and pleasant because everything Mr. Washington does on screen is enjoyable to watch.
He again portrays Robert McCall, a soft-spoken kick-asterisk fellow who avenges wrongs both minor and egregious. Last time out he worked at a faux Home Depot; this time he is a Lyft driver beating the mileage out of various kinds of urban trash.
What’s different this time is a kind of father-son relationship between himself and a neighborhood kid, Miles (Anton Sanders). That youth is teetering between a life of crime and a career as an artist, and McCall is determined to tip him in the right direction.
Much violence follows, and the good guys prevail in a satisfyingly Denzelish way. Director Antoine Fuqua – who worked with Washington on “Training Day” and other projects – has again created another inner-city battle-royal with brains and heart. We can expect “Equalizer 3” in a few years. –JT
“Equalizer 2” is rated R for profanity, drug use and violence.
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