Fan-Favorite Denzel Washington Thriller Now Dominates Hulu

Denzel Washington
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Denzel Washington is one of the greatest performers working today. It doesn’t matter if he’s in a franchise entry that amounts to a slasher film or flying planes upside down (I worked at a theater when Flight released and saw it three times); if Denzel is involved, you’ll get your money’s worth.

Plenty of his greatest hits are currently available to stream, including Inside Man on Netflix, one of my favorites, though recently, some of the best work he’s done is in The Equalizer series. 2014’s original is a guilty pleasure, and last year’s The Equalizer 3 wraps the trilogy nicely, but my favorite has to be the second entry, the appropriately titled The Equalizer 2. The best news is that you can catch the sequel streaming for free now on Hulu. Check out a trailer and synopsis below:

Per Hulu: The sequel to the 2014 film “The Equalizer,” starring Denzel Washington as a retired agent who’s a hired gun for vengeance.

The sequel picks up with Denzel Washington’s Robert McCall trying to get back to a normal life before one of his close friends is murdered. Naturally, he sets out to seek revenge and track down the parties responsible, finding himself embroiled in a big, globe-trotting conspiracy with all the gunplay and action sequences fans have come to expect.

It’s high-octane fluff, but fluff isn’t always a bad thing. Denzel Washington has always been adept at finding the humanity in even the most rote of characters, and it’s his performance that keeps McCall from feeling like another blood-thirsty action vigilante. The sequel is principally more of the same, just dialed up a notch. Is it good cinema? Maybe not, but it’s a heckuva ton of fun, managing to be thrilling and tense in equal measure.

If you’re interested in catching the complete trilogy, The Equalizer and The Equalizer 3 are presently available to stream for free on Netflix. Fans online have been talking about the second entry especially. Check out some choice reactions below, some of which (rightfully) are frustrated that streaming the whole series requires several different services:

What do you think? What’s your favorite Denzel Washington movie? Where does The Equalizer 2 land in your franchise ranking? Let me know over on Twitter @Chadiscollins.



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