Verdict: Denzel Washington serves justice and biting action, once again.

He’s strong, he’s quick, he’s smart, and he has an unabashed passion for justice. In the first sequel of his career, Denzel Washington returns as the ultimate vigilante Robert McCall. The Equalizer 2 also reunites us with director Antoine Fuqua and screenwriter Richard Wenk.

What’s The Equalizer 2 About:

This sequel begins with Robert McCall’s (Denzel Washington) train ride to Istanbul, where he successfully retrieves a kidnapped girl. He then goes on to live out a quiet life in Boston where he takes on the job of a Lyft driver and reads books in his off time. But he hasn’t left his vigilante past behind. As a Lyft driver who meets tons of people with their own problems, when the situations arise, he goes out of his way to make things right and seek revenge for innocent victims. Presumed dead by everyone who knew him in the past, he has few friends including one of his former colleagues Susan Plummer (Melissa Leo). As Robert McCall continues to serve unflinching justice for the exploited, you’ll find out how far he will go when that is for someone he loves.

What Works:

Director Antoine Fuqua and writer Richard Wenk spend a lot of time showing us how McCall has changed over the years but still also remains the same justice-seeking man that he was. He still has one hell of a fight in him and he still uses his stopwatch like a boss. He’s also now more sympathetic as a Lyft driver that observes his customers and immerses himself in their worries and joys. There are plenty of moments to remind you just how indomitable and empathetic Robert McCall is. Denzel Washington is great at delivering the same never-back-down attitude that we enjoyed in the first film. But just like the first film, the real star of the show is the expertly staged action sequences. While there are tons of riveting fight scenes, the final act of the film really pumps it into high gear. With consuming tension and nail-biting moments the final showdown will have you hooked to find out what happens next.

What Could’ve Been Better:

There are plenty of sub-plots to give a rounded view of McCall’s new life that does not necessarily serve the main storyline. There are also moments when you will wonder whether his conscience or his ruthlessness reigns is supreme.

Why You Should Watch:

If you’re a fan of the first film and you love some Denzel Washington style fast-paced action, then you’ve got to check this one out.