Denzel has been a chameleon throughout his career ranging from reverends, drunken pilots, dirty cops, coaches, convict fathers, boxers, civil rights heroes and the list goes on. Then one day he made a film called Man on Fire where he played an ageing bodyguard that was brought back to life by the girl he protected. Then when she was taken, he went on an unstoppable violent rampage against anyone that was involved in her kidnapping. Denzel was Liam Neeson in Taken before Liam Neeson was in Taken.
The film was a hit, some see it is there favourite Denzel film and for a newer generation of Denzel fans, “Creasy bear” is how they see him. So from Man on Fire was born the unstoppable Denzel, the one who has lived a full life where he has learnt skills that if crossed make him a killing machine. The Book of Eli, Safe House, 2 Guns, The Magnificent Seven, The Equalizer and now The Equalizer 2.
The Equalizer 2 releases in July and the trailer shows that we can expect more of the same from Denzel. Antoine Fuqua is back to direct, with the two hooking up on yet another film after starting to work together way back in 2001 with Training Day. This film is unlikely to match up to the magic of Man on Fire, but it doesn’t have to. Denzel plays the ageing assassin very well, he plays it as a man that has seen it all and is calm throughout. If we didn’t know any better, you would think he wasn’t even acting.
Check out the trailer below and then go and see it in July…