The Equalizer 2 (sometimes promoted as The Equalizer II or EQ2) is a 2018 American thriller film directed by Antoine Fuqua. It is a sequel to the 2014 film The Equalizer, which was based on the TV series of the same name. The film stars Denzel Washington, Pedro Pascal, Ashton Sanders, Melissa Leo, and Bill Pullman, and follows retired CIA agent Robert McCall as he sets out on a path of revenge after one of his friends is killed. It is the fourth collaboration between Washington and Fuqua, following the first film, Training Day (2001) and The Magnificent Seven (2016).
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Talks of an Equalizer sequel began seven months prior to the release of the first film in 2014. The film was officially announced in April 2015 with Washington set to reprise his role and in September 2016 Fuqua confirmed he would return to direct. Filming began in September 2017, and took place in Boston, as well as several other areas around Massachusetts and Istanbul, Turkey. It marks the first time Denzel Washington has ever starred in a sequel to one of his films.
The Equalizer 2 was released in the United States on July 20, 2018, by Sony Pictures Releasing. The film has grossed $39 million and received mixed reviews from critics, who praised Washington’s performance and the action sequences but criticized the pacing and messy plot.Robert McCall now lives in a diverse apartment complex in urban Massachusetts, working as a Lyft driver and helping the less fortunate with the help from his friend, Susan Plummer. One of McCall’s loyal Lyft customers, Sam Rubinstein, an elderly Holocaust survivor, is looking for a painting of his sister who was separated from him while being sorted out to different camps. McCall asks Susan to help locate information on the painting. When discovering the apartment complex has been vandalized, McCall also finds an acquaintance in Miles Whittaker, a young resident with an artistic but troubled background. One day, Susan was called to investigate an apparent murder-suicide in Brussels along with CIA operative Dave York, McCall’s former teammate. After the investigation, they return to their hotel where Susan encounters assailants and is killed.
During his shift driving, McCall encounters an assailant posing as a passenger, who he dispatches and gathers all of his belongings and intel. The following morning, McCall visits the York residence, appearing to need assistance in breaking through a military grade encryption on the assailant’s phone last contact. However, McCall traces the contact to York’s phone, revealing that he was the one who killed Susan. Because of McCall’s apparent death, the remaining members of the team had been fired, and were forced to find work as freelance assassins. Susan became a target because she would have suspected that the event in Brussels was from one of her own former colleagues and eventually traced it back to York. McCall meets with the three remaining teammates, Resnik, Ari, and Kovac, who threaten McCall that they will go after him as McCall heeds a stern warning that he will be coming for them. York and Kovac later infiltrate McCall’s apartment and capture Miles, and deduce where McCall is headed to.
As a hurricane draws in, McCall returns to his seaside hometown that has been evacuated. Kovac, Ari, and Resnik head in after McCall as York situates himself at the town’s watchtower in a sniper’s position. Kovac enters a tackle shop and is killed with a harpoon gun. Ari heads toward the seaside and is disturbed by pictures of Susan along the way, and is then caught off guard and is stabbed by McCall. McCall enters his wife’s old bakery to lure in Resnik, who is killed after the grenade he tossed into the building sets off a trap set by McCall. Enraged, York shoots at his car, which has Miles tied up in the trunk. With the storm growing heavier, York is knocked down before being confronted by McCall atop the tower. McCall gets the upper hand, stabs York and shoves him over the edge, killing him. McCall retrieves Miles from the trunk and takes him to his old house to treat his wounds.
Back in Massachusetts, Susan’s information on the painting helps McCall to reunite Sam with his long-lost-sister. Miles finishes the apartment complex has been restoration from the vandalism, returns to school, and focuses on his art. McCall, having moved back into his old house, then looks out towards the calm sea.