|Ratings||UK: 15, USA: R, Spain:18|
|Source of story||Bases on the first film which is turn developed from a TV series starring Edward Woodward|
|Starring||Denzil Washington, Pedro Pascal, Ashton Sanders, Bill Pullman, Melissa Leo,|
|Ratings||IMDb: 6.7 by 136,427 people. Rotten Tomatoes: 51% by 199 reviewers.|
Elevator Pitch: Robert McCall drives an Uber type limo, but in his spare time does good deeds, mostly involving his extensive combat skills since he is a former marine and secret service operative. He takes a young man with a troubled background, but artistic skills under his wing, and once rescues him from attempts by a gang to initiate him. Meanwhile we see a couple executed in a hotel in Belgium, and when this is investigated by his former boss she is killed. McCall is also targeted by kills his assailant, and finds that his former partner and team are the perpetrators, having become mercenaries. He vowes revenge, but how will it pan out?
Content: No sex or nudity, but for various releases the violence was toned down. There are a succession of scenes where McCall takes on groups of bad people, killing or mutilting them, depending in their crime. Once his former boss is killed he is on the case, investigating her records and when he has identified his former partner and the team, the scene is set finally involving a shoot out in the seaside town where McCall has a house during a tornado and after the place has been evacuated.
A View: Most of this movie was fine for me. I really like my heroes to be invincible so we can just wonder at how ingenious and skilful they are. McCall absolutely fits the bill. The critics were not too enthusiastic because honestly the plot was a bit thin. I never quite understood why his boss had been killed, and actually the Wikipedia entry did not help either. But Dezil Washington does well as the grim but likeable hero, so for action enthusiasts, give it a go.
Additional info: This sequel had already been pencilled in before the first film was in theatres (I note that this is the second time I have reviewed this, because last time I accidentally spelt it with an S. Choose either review!).