Parents' Guide to

The Equalizer 2

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Sequel offers more stylish, inventive, violent action.

Movie R 2018 125 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 11 parent reviews

age 15+

Highway to Heaven disguised as an action movie.

The message is as wise and positive as any movie I've ever seen. It shows how the evil of the world is counterbalanced only by the good, kind and often small things we do.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 17+


This movie is not for children, however, it's classic Denzel in every good sense of the term. It combines raw vigilante style justice with a heart for the pure and innocent folks who deserve better in life. His mission to rid the world of corruption only as it steps in his path, and simultaneously help the unfortunate, or mistreated makes for a hero that is worth cheering for, and in the end you find yourself choosing to forget the violent actions he performs in order to accomplish his mission. This movie gripped me from the beginning to the end. I, for one, couldn't think of a better portrayal of Denzel's character as I watched The Equalizer 2. I believe that there's a strong correlation between his character in the movie, and how he sees himself as a Christian. Never afraid of expressing his faith, doing good to the best of his ability, and fighting the enemy of his soul through spiritual warfare... which can get very intense, indeed. I would watch this again, and again!

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (11 ):
Kids say (8 ):

This sequel to The Equalizer, itself based on the 1980s TV series, is more of the same, with (too) familiar screenwriting, a compelling lead character, and inventive action scenes. Director Antoine Fuqua, screenwriter Richard Wenk, and star Washington reunite for The Equalizer 2 as if they'd never left, slipping back into their well-worn roles with expert ease. Wenk cooks up a nifty, James Bond-like "unrelated incident" opening, just to show that McCall's skills are still sharp (and he still uses his stopwatch like a boss). There's also an easily identifiable "surprise" villain and a very basic good-vs.-evil, honor-vs.-betrayal plot.

Washington finds McCall's sympathetic center, spending time listening to and observing his Lyft customers, quietly moved by their small joys and sorrows. But the real reason to watch is Fuqua's expertly staged action sequences, including the opening scene on a train in Istanbul, a tense home-invasion sequence in which Miles hides inside McCall's secret room, and especially the storm-swept showdown. McCall meets the bad guys in his seaside hometown, where the wind is so strong the soundtrack echoes with the groans of structures being tested on their foundations and the spatter of rain. The Equalizer 2 is ultimately as weightless as any of a dozen action thrillers made in the 1980s, but it's also enjoyably diverting.

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