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|Originaltitel:||The Equalizer 2|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 121 Min|
|FSK:||From 16 years|
Actually Robert McCall (Denzel Washington) had retired. But after the events of a few years ago, he resumed the struggle for justice. While he leads a very contemplative life on the outside, he fights in secret for the people who cannot protect themselves. But when a good friend is killed by him, McCall is drawn into a very personal fight, which also puts people in danger, whom he actually wanted to protect. And so he has to ask himself how far he is prepared to go to get justice…
Antoine Fuquas' cinema remake of the 80s crime series "The Equalizer" was not an outstanding success in 2014, but with a worldwide box-office income of around 200 million dollars it was quite respectable. Especially Denzel Washington was able to convince critics as well as viewers with his crisp 60 years as a taciturn action hero. Four years later, Washington continues to perform spectacularly in close combat with its opponents. Admittedly, the story is too thin to carry a two-hour film. And so there are some very clear lengths especially in the middle part. But the successful beginning and the grandiose, in the truest sense of the word stormy finale make up for this weakness easily.
Nevertheless Fuqua would have done well to put on the scissors here and there, especially in the first half. It simply opens up too many storylines that are of little importance for the actual story and that serve rather to make clear to the audience what has a high entertainment value in itself, but especially in the sequel wouldn't have been necessary. Because anyone who has seen Part 1 knows for a long time that McCall is a merciless opponent for the bad guys, but otherwise a very good person. For example, there is a storyline around an old man who McCall, who meanwhile works as a private driver, drives around again and again. A very nice story - but completely unimportant for the movie.
It's really worth fighting your way through the tough moments. Because the last act is simply great. Here, Fuqua has staged some great action cinema, which is in no way inferior to the almost legendary DIY store sequence from Part 1 in terms of tension and visual implementation. The bottom line is that "The Equalizer 2" is a well done sequel, which has some weaknesses, but also impressively shows that Denzel Washington is a convincing action star and a great actor. And that's why there is an absolutely deserved one, even with some small compromises: Worth seeing!
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