In the first Equalizer movie, mention was made of a car bomb.

She said, "Oh, no. Not Robert. And not from something as trivial as a car bomb. "

But in the sequel, Dave says something to the effect of "I was across from you in the same lobby...the hotel came down on us" (paraphrasing from memory - if anyone has a link to a script or the feel free to edit it in).

Was this a tell, to indicate something about the character/story or was this a continuity error between the two movies?

  • Since this is the only reference, to him faking his death (so he could retire), I'm not clear on what you are asking. – Paulie_D Jul 25 '18 at 14:10
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    there are 2 different accounts of it (car bomb, bomb in a hotel lobby). Is this a continuity error or does the misreporting of one or the other reflect wrinkle in understanding of the characters? – rosends Jul 25 '18 at 14:13
  • If you have the text from the second movie it would help but the two aren't exclusive. See Timothy McVeigh – Paulie_D Jul 25 '18 at 14:17
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    I'm not seeing the contradiction. The car is the delivery method for the bomb, typically, in terrorist car-bombings. Not necessarily HIS car blown up while he was in it. A car parked on a street would take out hotels, shops and anything in the vicinity. Or driven into a particular building.... chinadaily.com.cn/english/doc/2004-03/18/content_315777.htm – PoloHoleSet Aug 12 '19 at 20:50

I would say it's two different cases. Or two different explanations. The car bomb is mentioned in mentioned state. They told Robert wife(?) that he died in car. Somebody else told her that this way the way he died. It may not be true. But being in the business he was they maybe couldn't say he died on foreign land doing CIA works. And she knew it was impossible for him to die in such way but chance of vanishing and starting his new life.

Then you have high probability that Robert faked his death multiple times (who knows, maybe after first movie he did it again). And one of those time Dave was a witness.

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In the first Equalizer it was Susan (Melissa Leo) not his wife, that said she heard he was killed in a car bomb, but she never believed it and if anyone could pull off disappearing it would have been him. Yes, I believe in this Equalizer 2 that there maybe a storyline in this bombing (maybe the bombing was to kill him because why would he stage it himself knowing innocent people would be killed. You have go back to his character he kills the people that deserve it, which his buddies no longer do). Maybe this rogue team were already for hire back then and they knew he wouldn’t go along with it. He was their team leader. Because of what they do and where they do it, the story was told in a way that no one would keep digging into his death. Interested to see what Equalizer 3 brings out. I think he will be looking for who would hire his old buddies and of course he will be in Europe.

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