Robert McCall is still doing his part to right various wrongs when someone he loves is affected, making things too personal to ignore.
Flaws Outweigh The Strengths;
Script Does The Film No Favors;
Should Have Been Better.
Watch in Theater Immediately
**Pickup at Redbox Upon Release**
Stream on Netflix/Watch on Cable
Don’t Waste Your Time
Far from a modern classic, the first installment in the franchise gave audiences a vigilante movie with brutal violence, a beloved lead actor and a director that not only had history with him, but also a certain visual flair that made for a solid and memorable movie. Yet somehow, this time around, the team can’t create that same magic and it comes off as an exercise in sequel cash-grabbery. The script has flimsy characters and motives, one huge trope you will see coming a mile away, and is generally plodding for the most part. Fuqua stages two very cool scenes that will wake you up, including a great climactic set piece in an evacuated coastal town during a hurricane, but that’s not enough to salvage the whole experience. There are a few side characters and plot threads, one of which works much better than others, which drags the runtime a bit. With Denzel’s presence, I suspect it is a movie that the average viewer will appreciate, but it doesn’t need to be seen in the theater. If I were able judge it by its bookends, it would be rated higher, but the middle portion drags it down. I was hoping for more of the nameless justice dispensed in the original, as opposed to the personal angle this time around, and while I can understand taking it in a new direction, that is part of what made it feel like an unnecessary sequel.