FILM TITLE: EQUALIZER 2
GENRE:
CONSUMER ADVICE: 16 D L V
DISTRIBUTOR: FILMFINITY (PTY) LTD
DIRECTOR: ANTOINE FUQUA
MAIN CAST: DENZEL WASHINGTON, BILL PULLMAN, PEDRO PASCAL
LANGUAGE: Strong impact crude language occurs fairly frequently throughout the film in the context of swearing, aggressive exchanges and even in derogatory and insulting contexts.
NUDITY: NONE
PREJUDICE: Infrequent low to mild prejudicial language based on gender and race within the context of swearing and the characterisation of the individuals uttering the words.
SEX: NONE
VIOLENCE: The film contains frequent, strong impact displays of realistic, vicious violence, often resulting in blood-letting and other noticeable injuries, containing some accentuation techniques such as details, close-ups and realistic sound effects.
BLASPHEMY: NONE
DRUG ABUSE: NONE
COMMENTS: The action crime thriller explores themes of vigilantism, killings, sabotage, gangsters, friendship, investigation, crime, revenge, rescue, abduction, murder, justice and death, with the negative themes dealing with crime, vigilantism and killings outweighing the positive ones dealing with friendship and justice. Although the film contains some pro-social messages regarding fighting for justice and protecting the innocent, negative messages about violence as a means to achieve goals and solve-problems is sustained throughout. Themes and messages are complex and mature and likely to be confusing for cognitively, emotionally and morally immature children under 16 years, especially teenagers who are highly susceptible to media influences. Themes are also presented with a strong sense of threat and menace, as contained in frequent displays of bloody violence, and an underlying sense of suspense, all intensified by the enhanced audio-visual effects of the cinematic format, and may therefore be disturbing, upsetting, distressing and potentially psychologically harmful to children under 16 years. Negative messages of violence being a means to an end may also mislead and morally harm immature viewers under 16 years, who are still developing an independent moral value system.