Denzel Washington’s The Equalizer 2 comes to DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Blu-ray on December 10thand is now available to pre-order from Amazon.co.uk.
The film is a follow-up to 2014’s The Equalizer, which was very loosely based on the 1980s TV series of the same name, and is Washington’s first ever sequel. Returning alongside the actor are Director Antoine Fuqua and co-stars Melissa Leo and Bill Pullman.
Fans of the TV series will like that the film opens with Robert McCall’s (Washington) equalizing service up and running but the story quickly moves away from him assisting those who the odds are against in favour of the well-worm ‘revenge’ plot familiar to big screen thrillers.
The catalyst here is the murder of Susan Plummer (Leo), one of McCall’s closest friends, who is killed while investigating a case of her own, prompting The Equalizer to track down those responsible.
As in the first entry, McCall’s brand of justice is often violent and fast, gifting the film a number of well-received action sequences.
However critics weren’t universally impressed with the film’s overall structure and pacing, as this review on CLNews shows, but despite the mixed critical reception it performed well with audiences and at the box office where it clocked up a global take of $189m, only marginally down on its predecessor’s $192m.
No doubt that strong performance is the reason Sony are interested in turning The Equalizer into a recurring franchise.
Speaking to HollywoodReporter.com earlier this summer, Fuqua revealed the studio has already approached him about a further film and it seems he’s open to the idea of revisiting McCall’s world provided Washington is on board.
He told the site: “It would be great to do it again. It would be great to do it again with Denzel. I’m looking forward to The Equalizer 3, if that happens. I would love for it to take place internationally, I think Denzel would be a great James Bond-type character.”
December’s Blu-ray and 4K Blu-ray release includes 11 deleted and extended scenes, a pop-up trivia track and 4 featurettes.