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Top 3 Things to Remember Before Seeing The Equalizer 2

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Want a refresher on what Denzel Washington was up to in the first Equalizer movie? Don't worry, we've got you covered. WatchMojo ranks the top things to remember before seeing The Equalizer 2.

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Script written by Nick Spake

Top 3 Things to Remember Before Seeing The Equalizer 2

It’s time to level the playing field. Welcome to and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top 3 Things to Remember Before Seeing The Equalizer 2.

For this list, we’re taking a look at facts and plot details to keep in mind before seeing the sequel to “The Equalizer.”

#3: The First Movie’s Premise

Like the 1980s television drama that inspired it, 2014’s “The Equalizer” centers on Robert McCall. Played by Denzel Washington in the film, the recently widowed McCall is a humble hardware store employee who spends his time reading at a diner where he befriends a young prostitute named Alina. When she’s nearly beaten to death, McCall decides to take the law into his own hands. Although McCall tries peacefully negotiating with her pimp, he’s ultimately forced to spill some blood – a whole lot of blood actually, and in a matter of seconds! This catches the attention of the Russian mafia, who quickly realize McCall is more than her appears.

#2: Who Robert McCall Really Is

For a good portion of “The Equalizer,” McCall’s backstory is left concealed in the shadows. It’s eventually made clear that he received his license to kill working as a black ops soldier. Wanting to retire in peace, McCall faked his death and settled down in Boston, Massachusetts. After getting on the mob’s bad side, though, this one-man army finds himself in the middle of another war zone. Seeking permission to strike back, McCall turns to a couple fellow retired CIA operatives, Susan and Brian Plummer, played by Melissa Leo and Bill Pullman, respectively. Leo and Pullman will notably be among the only other stars returning for “The Equalizer 2,” which also marks Denzel Washington’s first sequel.

#1: How the First Movie Ended

Upon receiving permission, McCall faces off with his Russian adversaries at the hardware store, delivering the final blow with a nail gun. Just to be extra thorough, he also heads to Moscow and cuts off the head of the snake. Returning home, McCall reunites with Alina, who has made a full recovery and gotten her life on track. Realizing that he can still do good as a vigilante, McCall advertises his very particular set of skills online, referring to himself as the Equalizer. It isn’t long until McCall gets a response, sending him on another mission to even the odds. Who will McCall exact vengeance upon next? That’s a question only the sequel can answer.


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