THE EQUAL­IZER 2

Time to McCall it quits?

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Den­zel Wash­ing­ton has avoided se­quels his whole ca­reer. An­toine Fuqua’s limp fol­low-up to his 2014 orig­i­nal sug­gests he should not have changed tack. Repris­ing his role as agent-turned-vig­i­lante Robert McCall, Wash­ing­ton is back right­ing wrongs and tak­ing down a room­ful of woman-beat­ing spoilt rich kids.

Back in his Bos­ton apart­ment block, he en­cour­ages at-risk teen Miles (Ash­ton San­ders) to do the right thing; there’s even time to help Or­son Bean’s Holo­caust sur­vivor. But the plot (penned by re­turn­ing scriptwriter Richard Wenk) prop­erly kicks in when his for­mer CIA con­tact Su­san Plum­mer (Melissa Leo) is mur­dered and McCall is next on the hit list. The re­sult is a generic ac­tion-thriller that rarely gets out of sec­ond gear (and like the first film, bears lit­tle re­la­tion to the orig­i­nal Edward Wood­ward-star­ring ’80s show).

Ad­mit­tedly, Wash­ing­ton is al­ways watch­able, even if his role as the enig­matic do-gooder with a vi­o­lent streak is poorly fleshed out. And there are de­cent set-pieces: McCall evad­ing goons in his own panic room ex­udes pal­pa­ble ten­sion. But the show­down in a hur­ri­cane is just one of many silly ideas that cause this to stum­ble. James Mot­tram

tHe VeR­Dict

A dull se­quel. Aside from the ever-re­li­able Wash­ing­ton, there’s lit­tle to see here.

the Sony lot had seen bet­ter days… Cer­tifi­Cate 15 Di­reC­tor An­toine Fuqua Star­ring Den­zel Wash­ing­ton, Pe­dro Pas­cal, Melissa Leo, Bill Pull­man SCreenplay Richard Wenk DiS­trib­u­tor Sony run­ning time 121 mins

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