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DVD Talk reviews for Thursday, January 3rd, 2019

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The Equalizer 2 (Blu-ray)
by Ryan Keefer

The Movie:

I have no recollection of the first Equalizer film, or perhaps maybe I was confusing it for Safe House, which would appear to be similar both in premise and in cover art strangely enough. Nevertheless, the second Equalizer film is the first in Denzel Washington's storied career where he's played the same character twice. I'm not sure whether that's a good or bad thing, or an indication of future cinematic karma, but figured you should know this.

Anyway, Equalizer 2 was written by Richard Wenk and directed by Antoine Fuqua, reprising their respective contributions from the first film. Washington returns as Robert McCall, a former marine and intelligence operative who occasionally does small, localized missions that serve a Robin Hood' n...Read the entire review »


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Basic Instinct 2 (Blu-ray)
by Olie Coen

Director: Michael Caton-Jones
Starring: David Morrissey, Sharon Stone, David Thewlis
Year: 2006

For boasting a star-studded cast and having been built upon a classic, albeit one of the cult variety, Basic Instinct 2 is shockingly bad. I say that knowing that most will not be shocked by that news, because they saw the quality of this film coming a mile away, but I can't let it slide upon its crappy sequel status and its lack of expectation. Based on how well Basic Instinct works, and I should tell you that I think it works very well, its successor should have been better, simply better, regardless of how little we thought of its chances. But this awful attempt at a steamy thriller is an embarrassment and nothing...Read the entire review »

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