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2 Guns – Movie Review

Submitted by on August 1, 2013 – 1:51 pmNo Comment

It’s somewhat surprising that 2 Guns marks the first time that Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg have teamed up for a film. Their chemistry is amazing, which is fortunate, because it saves the film from being a wreck thanks to its relatively thin and all too familiar script.

You’ve seen a movie like 2 Guns before, just with different actors. It’s that action comedy that pairs jokes with serious beats as the two individuals explore their own relationship while going up against some terrible odds. It’s not all that off the beaten path, but because of Wahlberg and Washington, it works. Not to mention seeing Paula Patton topless. But I digress…

Washington (Robert “Bobby” Trench) and Wahlberg (Michael “Stig” Stigman) are undercover as a DEA agent and Navy intelligence officer, respectively. The hook is that neither originally knows that the other is working undercover. Both think the other is a crook and act accordingly until a wayward event causes the wheels to come off of their respective plans. They end up working together to find out just what the hell is going on. It’s pretty dialog heavy for an action film, but Washington and Wahlberg bring life to the thin characters. Their journey to discovery the unexpected truth is triggered by a number of players milling around this wayward game of “who has my money?” Edward James Olmos plays a Mexican drug kingpin who is far too by-the-numbers to stand out; Bill Paxton has a little fun as a grimy operative who is played to a tee with some extraordinarily over the top dialog and actions; and Patton plays DEA agent Deb, Bobby’s kinda, sorta girlfriend.

Although the beats are often too familiar, there are a few scenes that are a hell of a lot of fun to watch. The one that sticks out is a car chase turned fist fight scene between Washington and Wahlberg. Between those few set pieces and the banter between the two leads, there isn’t much else. However, it becomes difficult to explain what that “much else” is because it would reveal many of the plot twists. Even though those plot twists are nothing out of the ordinary, it’s still better to watch them play out than to be told what they are.

What’s really strange though is trying to figure out whether the two leads are “good” or “bad” as their actions begin to not make much sense as the film trots to it’s final act. By the time the credits roll, you could care less about their life after these wacky events and just walk out. With that being said, 2 Guns is like a fast food film where it tastes good for a minute, but you come to realize that all those carbs and calories are just fat and empty.

It was fun while it lasted though.

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