One Minute Review: 2 Guns (2013)

Release Date
August 2, 2013
Director
Baltasar Kormákur
Screenplay
Blake Masters
Based On The Comic Books By
Steven Grant
Mateus Santolouco
Distributed By
Universal Pictures
Budget
$61 million
Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Rated R for violence throughout, language and brief nudity
109 minutes

2 Guns

Without Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg, “2 Guns” would be just another ridiculously plotted action film where its twists are telegraphed and there’s very little to grab onto. Pairing Washington and Wahlberg works perfectly, as their chemistry creates both tension and comedic relief from start to finish. Wahlberg embraces his character, Stig, a suave, ladies’ man with very simple ideals, “fight for the man that’s fighting next to you”. Washington brings his normal persona to the table with Bobby Trench and it works, sharp eyed and intent, he carries himself with a higher caliber than all his surrounding counter pieces.

Unfortunately, the plot of “2 Guns” is laughable, turning the DEA, CIA, and Navy into crooks, killing each other on a whim and parading around like the mob. There’s zero accountability and besides dying, no one pays for their actions. Poorly written for, Paula Patton, Bill Paxton, and James Marsden flail through their roles haphazardly, trying to keep up with the absurd plot. Patton’s character is the definition of a misused female role in an action film. One of the first times we see her, she’s naked, she’s basically just a pawn for the men to tousle, and her exit from the film is undeniably bad. Paxton brings more to the table than I expected, with a convincing mob boss mentality, at least adding the sadistic nature and Southern accent to give his role some life, if not too much of a cartoon character villain. And despite his buzzed haircut, Marsden never feels like a commanding officer and delivers his villainous lines as if he’s reading them off a teleprompter.

The major twists of “2 Guns” are telegraphed in the marketing, as we know Stig and Bobby turn on one another after robbing a bank, but are forced to work together after their respected law enforcement branches turn on them. We also know the money belongs to the CIA, therefore rendering almost half of the film as catch up to the trailers. Despite its downfalls, “2 Guns” is a definitive action film with brilliant and blockbuster level action sequences and even though it relies on its two leads, it works. Had the story around these characters been just as smart, this could have been a sleeper hit of the summer, but instead it will be the film everyone expected it to be and though it displays Wahlberg and Washington well, it does nothing to catapult their careers in any new directions.

 

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