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The Equalizer 2
(2018)
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Composed, Co-Conducted, and Produced by:

Co-Conducted by:
Stephanie Economou

Orchestrated by:
Ladd McIntosh
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Sony Classical
(July 27th, 2018)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... only if you seek a competent and sufficient supplement to the 2014 score for The Equalizer, the musical equation remaining exactly the same for this sequel.

Avoid it... if you expect Harry Gregson-Williams to even marginally attempt additional emotional development for the concept, his conservatively rendered thriller music as stubborn as the alienation of the titular character.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,914
WRITTEN 10/24/18
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The Equalizer 2: (Harry Gregson-Williams) So confident were the studios in producing 2014's The Equalizer that planning for its sequel commenced prior to that movie's debut. The concept's origin on 1970's television had morphed into a darker variant of the same vigilante idea for a 2010's audience, with actor Denzel Washington residing firmly in his comfort zone as the titular former government operative who takes matters into his own hands when the bad guys of the world piss him off. The project was a moderate fiscal success, featuring some morbidly humorous depictions on how to kill nasty customers with standard hardware store merchandise. For The Equalizer 2 in 2018, Washington reprises a character for the first time in his career, this time replacing the hardware store for a killing spree set against the chaos of a coastal hurricane. A recurring character and friend of Washington's Robert McCall is brutally killed by other wayward assassins of the American government, and this event expectedly turns him into full murder mode as he avenges the offense. The character continues to be lonely and sad, ending this tale arguably no more fulfilled than in the first film, and critics were quick to point to the diminishing returns for the concept in general. Still, the formula has its audience, and The Equalizer 2 repeated roughly the same grosses as its predecessor. Of no surprise is composer Harry Gregson-Williams' return in the franchise. His music for the 2014 entry was largely unremarkable, following very stereotypical development for a modern urban thriller without paying any sort of musical tribute to the identity of the 1970's show. It was a minimally sufficient but unmemorable score making use of the genre's usual instrumentation spanning the organic and synthetic realms, though Gregson-Williams did afford McCall a melancholy theme developed without much glimmer of hope by piano and electric cello. Not much changes in the sequel's music, so if you found the previous score to be monotonous and perhaps tedious in its more abrasive potions, then expect more of the same here. In the Filmtracks review of The Equalizer, it was suggested that all Gregson-Williams needed to accomplish to earn his pay was the following: hire a string section and overlay it with thumping electronic loops for the chase sequences, sampled noises for scary synchronization points, slight electric guitar for the element of "don't mess with this asshole" coolness, and piano for the auxiliary character reflection and there you go. No need for anything else.



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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 42:35
• 1. McCall's Return (4:39)
• 2. Boston by Day (1:19)
• 3. Boston by Night (1:24)
• 4. Five Stars For Amy (2:31)
• 5. Stories of Sorrow (2:34)
• 6. McCall Mourns Susan (1:56)
• 7. Destroying the Evidence (3:47)
• 8. Five Pounds of Pressure (3:38)
• 9. The Confession (5:49)
• 10. Behind the Bookcase (4:25)
• 11. The Bridge (2:43)
• 12. Storm Hunt (2:49)
• 13. Top of the Tower (3:19)
• 14. "Who Are You?" (1:35)

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The insert includes a list of performers but no extra information about the score or film.
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