Sony Pictures has released a new trailer for the second act collaboration between Antione Fuqua and Denzel Washington, The Equalizer II. Washington must’ve really enjoyed his time in the role of Robert McCall as this is the legendary actors first ever sequel. While McCall continues to act as a relentless symbol of justice for the innocent, his new targets are a focus of revenge for someone he loves.
For this to be Washington’s first ever sequel, that either speaks to the power of the follow-up’s story or how much he enjoys working with director Antoine Fuqua. The two have a long history as they first joined together for Training Day in 2001. Over fifteen years later, the director-actor duo are returning for what promises to be an entertaining and quite brutal action movie.
I liked the first movie, much more than I was expecting. McCall wasn’t just your average ex-CIA guy with a chip on his shoulder. The detail both Fuqua and Washington added to him made the movie what it was. I’m expecting nothing less from the sequel, and while I very much like the personal story they’re once again using, I wasn’t a big fan of how the trailer was cut together. I do like when a trailer beat is matched with sequences, but using it throughout its entire run doesn’t get a bit more exhausting after a while than I originally thought. Either way, I’m looking forward to once again seeing Washington get bloody and violent one more time.
Check out the new trailer below and after doing so, leave your thoughts in the comments! How do you feel about the trailers so far? What about Denzel doing action again? Also starring Melissa Leo, Bill Pullman and Pedro Pascal, Fuqua’s The Equalizer II hits theaters on July 20th.
Denzel Washington returns to one of his signature roles in the first sequel of his career. Robert McCall serves an unflinching justice for the exploited and oppressed – but how far will he go when that is someone he loves?