- Starring: Denzel Washington (Training Day), Mark Wahlberg (Pain & Gain), Paula Patton (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol) and more.
- Directed by: Baltasar Kormákur (Jarhead)
- Synopsis: “Academy Award® winner Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg lead an all-star cast in 2 Guns, an explosive action film that tracks two operatives from competing bureaus who are forced on the run together. But there is a big problem with their unique alliance: Neither knows that the other is an undercover federal agent. For the past 12 months, DEA agent Bobby Trench (Washington) and U.S. naval intelligence officer Marcus Stigman (Wahlberg) have been reluctantly attached at the hip. Working undercover as members of a narcotics syndicate, each man distrusts his partner as much as the criminals they have both been tasked to take down. When their attempt to infiltrate a Mexican drug cartel and recover millions goes haywire, Trench and Stigman are suddenly disavowed by their superiors. Now that everyone wants them in jail or in the ground, the only person they can count on is the other. Unfortunately for their pursuers, when good guys spend years pretending to be bad, they pick up a few tricks along the way.”
- Rating: Rated R for brief nudity, language, violence and torture.
- Must-Watch Trailer:
Denzel teams up with Marky-Mark in this high action filled adventure story of competing undercover would-be “James Bond” operatives who, through a series of events, find themselves reluctantly teaming up together to take out several baddies and, in the end of the day, hope to make it out alive. Director Baltasar Kormákur (who directed Wahlberg in Contraband) is no Sam Mendes when it comes to directing a spy type movie, but he happens to make this film a bit more entertaining than I, at first, anticipated.
You may recall that 2 Guns made it to my list of Anticipated Disappointments of 2013 (see the post HERE for the entire list):
That statement still turns out to be pretty accurate.
With a familiar plot of a DEA agent and naval intelligence officer working together to save themselves after getting caught up in the middle of the inner workings of the drug cartel with enemies on all sides, I guarantee that you’ve seen this before in some shape or form. Double crosses abound aplenty but are really no big surprise when they occur.
Wahlberg really, though, has shown himself quite the formidable actor and continues to be the bright spot in 2 Guns (sorry, Denzel). Among a cast that includes not only Denzel Washington (who seems, as of late, to have resorted to his previous antics of playing the same character over and over again), the gorgeous Paula Patton (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol), James Marsden (X-Men), Edward James Olmos (another bright spot in the film), Bill Paxton and more, Wahlberg makes each scene he is in fun and real, as it were. Great casting.
As alluded to earlier with Denzel’s character…the “ho-hum, I’ve seen this before, but will it be different this time?” thought that comes to mind about Denzel’s part also characterizes the film itself. (Listen for Denzel’s favorite words “Alright” and “I Guarantee” as he confidently swaggers through the film and constantly boasts “I Know a Guy.”)
Aside from a few intense scenes of Russian Roulette, gun fights and the beautiful Paula Patton gracing the screen (Parents, read the rating and know that there is a Paula Patton topless scene in the film), there isn’t much to keep your brain engaged as it turns out to be mediocre entertainment at best with an expected ending and cliché antics.
Is it “Bubblegum for the Brain” (as a friend would call it)? Yes. Is it the worst movie of the year? No. The banter between Denzel and Wahlberg is spot on and they bring in the level of laughs (not over the top) that make the scenes more bearable. Watching them duke it out from opposing vehicle windows and wrestling on the ground is pretty fun.
Reminding me often of Savages, Enemy of the State, Rush Hour and The Negotiator all in one, 2 Guns brings elements that work from several other same-genre films and pieces together a tolerable flick held by the wit and comedy of Wahlberg and Washington. The plots and motives of the film get a little messy as the story is told, but the Wahlberg-Washington duo helps put salve on that wound. While not really theater-watching worthy, 2 Guns will be a fun flick to catch on network tv or rent later on. You’ve seen it before…you’ll see it again…how many times will you pay for it at the theaters? I’m not pointing 2 Guns to your head to go see 2 Guns.
My Score: 3 out of 5 stars for 2 Guns.
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–T, The Focused Filmographer