Denzel Washington is one of the best actors of this generation. His magnetic charm, charisma, and commanding performances can be lessons for all aspiring actors. From Broadway to cinema screens, everyone goes to see his movies. Even if the overall film isn’t good, such as Flight, Denzel Washington is sure to commit to the role that he’s given.
One thing that Mr. Washington doesn’t have on his resume is a franchise. That might be checked off the list now.
Denzel Washington returns as Robert McCall, a retired CIA Black Ops operative, who continues his mission at the end of the first film, using his skills to help those in need. When one of his longtime friends, Susan (Academy Award Winner Melissa Leo), is murdered, Robert decides to return to his ways and seek out, find, and punish those responsible.
At age 63, it is surprising that Denzel has not had a franchise type of film until now. To be fair, most of his roles have been one-offs. They have been memorable roles but nothing that needed to be revisited in a sequel or a prequel. Considering the film is based off of the 1980s TV series of the same name, it was likely that a sequel would be green-lit. This also hinged on Denzel’s desire to be a part of a sequel. If this film is anything like the level of the first, audiences will be happy to see him return to the role.
Melissa Leo and Bill Pullman reprise their roles from the first film. Pedro Pascal and Eminem also star in this film with Antoine Fuqua returning to direct.
The Equalizer 2 comes to theaters in July 20.