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WATCH: A first for Denzel Washington in trailer for The Equalizer 2

Denzel Washington has covered pretty much everything in his established career. But this year will see the legendary actor do something he has never done before.

With the second instalment of the Equalizer hitting cinemas later this year, it marks the first ever sequel in Washington’s long career.

He returns as Robert McCall, a retired agent turned hired gun, who seeks vengeance on a dangerous group of people after the murder of his friend.

Antoine Fuqua returns to direct and will hope to take the franchise up a notch after the mediocre response to the first movie.

That said, by the looks of the trailer, it looks set to be a good old fashion actioner and let’s face it, Denzel Washington never fails to deliver.

Check out the trailer for The Equalizer 2, which hits UK cinemas on the 17th August:

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Two men arrested after shooting on set of Denzel Washington’s ‘Equalizer 2’

Two men have been charged following a non-fatal double shooting in Boston on the set of Denzel Washington’s ‘The Equalizer 2’.

Two 18-year-olds were arrested by Quincy Police Department on Thursday, five days after they fled the scene of the crime.

Dionte Martinez and Thomas Perkins were both charged with assault with intent to murder, unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition after injuring two security guards.

Both victims suffered non-life-threatening injuries but were taken to hospital to be treated for their gunshot wounds.

The motive behind the attack is still under investigation as the guards were not the intended targets with filming yet to get underway for the movie.

‘The Equalizer 2’ hits theaters on September 14 next year. The movie, directed by Antoine Fuqua, will be Washington’s first sequel. The original film was a box office hit in 2014, grossing $100 million domestically.

Fences – Review

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Not many people in the UK will know that Fences originally was a Broadway production. Released then 33 years ago, the writer of said play, August Wilson, refused to see his project converted to film without a black man behind the camera. Norman Jewison came closest to directing in 1987, with Eddie Murphy set to play the lead role, but the project fell through. Wilson’s demand stood firm until his death in 2005, and in 2016 Denzel Washington took charge of turning the play into a motion picture, directing and starring in. As a result, Fences is a film that, along with a number of other movies this year, ensures that there will not be a repeat of the backlash from the total absence of black nominees that overshadowed last year’s awards season.

Washington and Viola Davis both won Tony awards for their 2010 stage revival of Fences and they both reprise their roles on screen as Troy and his wife Rose. The former is a working class man in his early 50s who we perceive in the opening stages of the story as a well together, charismatic man. Strong but fair with his son Cory (Jovan Adepo). He shares a humble relationship with his wife and friend Bono (Stephen Henderson) as well as his brain damaged brother, Gabriel (Mykelti Williamson) and his eldest son with whom he had with another woman, Lyons (Russell Hornsby). A huge revelation halfway through the act, however, sees his manor change for the worse and he suddenly becomes bitter and forceful, completely changing the audience’s interpretation of the man.


Washington and Davis will certainly be mentioned during awards season. The latter of which perhaps more so. Despite much of the movie surrounding Troy, we see much of Washington’s best come out when his character is having a dramatic confrontation with wife Rose and Davis absolutely drives the power home. It’s no wonder Washington decided to stick with much of the original cast of the play’s revival and there is definitely a stage feel throughout with much of the movie played out in and around the family’s home. There’s a vast amount of dialogue, it’s virtually music-free and as a result it is clear to see that Washington was keen to stick as closely to the story’s on stage roots.

Fences has already been tipped to pick up some awards this season and despite all those years waiting for the play to be converted to the screen, it has certainly been worth it.

2 Guns fires – Review

Michael ‘Stig’ Stigman (Mark Wahlberg) and Bobby Trent (Denzel Washington) are two undercover officers from the DEA and the Navy who are ordered to investigate each other. Unaware of each other’s true identities, both are tasked to infiltrate a multi-million dollar drug cartel led by Mexican gangster Papi Greco (Edward James Olmos). When their respective bosses abandon Stig and Bobby, the pair discovers whom they both truly are and that they were set up to perform the robbery.

After some initial trust issues, the pair work together – or “in the same vicinity” – in order to take down the cartel as well as clearing their own names. James Marsden and Bill Paxton offer slimy cameos as Stig and Bobby’s superiors, but the protagonist pairing have learned many a trick being under cover for so long.

Washington and Wahlberg offer the perfect “buddy-cop” combination with a successful dosage of stunts and humorous one-liners. Wahlberg in particular has demonstrated his comical prowess in recent years and Washington’s talents have always been undoubted (despite his age now starting to show). What 2 Guns offers is a strong cast combined with a clever, action fuelled and quick-witted script.

Icelandic director Baltasar Kormakur has previously worked with Wahlberg on last year’s crime thriller Contraband, and is making a comfortable start to life as a Hollywood director.

2 Guns produces just as many laughs as it does entertaining action scenes and there are plenty of both. Originally a 2008 comic, 2 Guns also offers emotional elements, which illustrate just how versatile both headlining actors truly are.

The film is charming, cheeky, explosive and entertaining and is so much more than the typical buddy-cop feature. Washington and Wahlberg are perfect for the two roles as are the supporting cast while the crew also make the most of some elegant locations and set pieces

8/10 #WebbersRatings