It’s that awful time of year when Hollywood theatrical releases transition from summer blockbusters to fall Oscar bait. In between, Hollywood releases a load of crappy films, from mediocre dramas to a slew of horror films to get us in the mood for Halloween. With few worthy choices in theaters, try to catch “2 Guns,” since it much more fun than almost anything that has been released in the weeks that have followed its premiere.
Based on graphic novels in a similar fashion to “Red,” “2 Guns” is the story of two men undercover; Bobby (Denzel Washington) works for the DEA and Stig (Mark Wahlberg) is a Naval Intelligence officer. Their paths meet and they try to use each other for information, but they’re unaware of each other’s allegiances, both thinking the other is a criminal. Trying to investigate a drug cartel by staging a robbery, Bobby and Stig learn each other’s true identities but find themselves hounded by their separate departments because of traitors in their teams. On the run, Bobby and Stig cannot trust anyone but learn to depend on each other.
There’s only one reason to watch “2 Guns:” the humorous chemistry between Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. The plot is truly horrible and predictable, but Washington and Wahlberg’s action duo’s odd couple is reminiscent of films like “Lethal Weapon” and “Rush Hour,” but with two action stars. They each play their same old characters (Wahlberg as a comical shoot-first kind of guy and Washington as the cool, calm, calculating b.a.), but their contrasts complement each other to create a funny, buddy action film.
“2 Guns” excels despite its faults. The predictable story and numerous cliché supporting characters, played by Bill Paxton, James Marsden, Edward James Olmos, and Paula Patton, are nothing you’ve never seen before. However, the unlikely camaraderie between the two main stars make the fun exceptional.
Rating for “2 Guns:” B-
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“2 Guns” is still playing at multiple theaters in Columbus despite its release on Aug. 2, including Rave Polaris and Marcus Pickerington. For showtimes, click here.