Review: 2 Guns

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  • 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.
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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. 2-guns-2

You may recall that 2 Guns made it to my list of Anticipated Disappointments of 2013 (see the post HERE for the entire list): 2guns predict

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.2guns-2

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.2guns-edward-james-olmos

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.”)

Click photo for a fun video compilation of all of Denzel's movie "guarantees."
Click photo for a fun video compilation of all of Denzel’s movie “guarantees.”

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.

Paula always looks great, even at the premiere for 2 Guns
Paula always looks great, even at the premiere for 2 Guns!

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.2guns

90sReminding 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: out of 5 stars for 2 Guns.


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Thanks for reading! Happy Watching!

T, The Focused Filmographer


  1. Honestly this film has been my most anticipated film of this summer!! Ever since I saw the 3 minute trailer on the day it was posted online, I just knew,while this film will have lots of silly and predictable plot elements, that this film could still be very funny and can be lots of fun!! I have been reading that the film has a few convoluted twists that are hard to keep track, so luckily, I’m keeping that opinion(that several critics with) in mind before I see this film! Seeing both Denzel and Mark in this film on screen for the first time is the most fascinating team-up and the greatest point to the film -in my opinion!! So a 3/5 is an acceptable rating, despite the film being predictable and preposterous with a few convoluted twists that are hard to keep track!! So I’ll keep that in mind before and while I see this film!! So, Yes, admittedly, I am lowering my exceptions and keeping in mind with everything the critics(including you) are saying about this film!!! Glad you enjoyed the film!!! I’ll let you know howI felt about the film when I see it tomorrow!! Thanks for the review and keep the coming because you’re doing a great job at (writing and posting) your reviews!!! Your film pal, Brian!!

    Here are some links to some Youtube channels I’d love for you to check out, like, subscribe and recommend to other movie-loving people!! Schmoes Know: Jeremy Jahns: Chris Stuckmann: Stuckmann Enjoy!!!!

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    • Thanks for reading and commenting. I look forward to your thoughts after you watch it.

      I’ve checked out Jeremy Jahns before. He has some fun views, although at time a bit over the top for my liking. I’ll check out the others. Thanks for sharing!


  2. Sounds like a fun enough film. The banter between Washington and Wahlberg is probably what I’d go and see this for. Oh and Eddie Olmos. It’s been too long since Battlestar!


  3. Bubblegum for the brain? Aside from your masterful (re?) review of cabin in the woods the most insightful words I have ever read in the history of ever


  4. I’m afraid Denzel isn’t the draw he once was – most of the time I find he’s just playing another version of himself, while Wahlberg whispers his way through most roles half the time. This looks like a rental to me.


    • Well, it seems that audiences still do gravitate towards him though. I understand why. I like him too, I just wish he’d do more when it comes to his range of characters, but he still does a good job.

      I wouldn’t blame you for reserving this one for a rental. I appreciate you adding your thoughts here.


  5. Love the “If we were still in the 90s” quip. Personally, to me this looked like an attempt to modernize the 80s buddy cop films… which doesn’t usually work well, since in the process of modernizing they tend to take away the sensibilities that made those fun.


    • haha. Thanks, Morgan. It’s how I felt after leaving the theater and I immediately texted the phrase to myself so I wouldn’t forget it. haha I’m a dork!

      It’s a fun flick that I would agree with you in that it does attempt to modernize the 80s buddy cop films. Which means we will probably hear a rumor of a sequel or two if they want to make this a whole Lethal Weapon kinda thing. Hope not though.


  6. […] “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.” – The Focused Filmographer […]


  7. Oh how I enjoyed reading this one. For the most part we agreed. U gave Denzel the business, but I can’t say u are wrong. But the combo between Washington and Wahlberg made them both better in my opinion. U happened to like Patton, and she was the only character that was giving way to much…horrible.

    I like your review, but I think that its still worth seeing in the theatre. No one is going to care about how the story was lacking or that most of us have seen this done before. This movie was super entertaining, and I found it to be well worth a movie ticket purchasing. I got way more than I expected from this film, and I honestly want to see a #2…lol


    • 🙂 Hi Tajuana. Thanks for reading. It always makes me smile when I read through your fun comments knowing that we will probably disagree on some aspect and have a ball just realizing that as we go back and forth about a film.

      Washington truly was made much better by Wahlberg in this one than he was by Reynolds in Safe House.

      and Patton…well, I don’t disagree that she was a bit misplaced, but her presence was appreciated. 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by.


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