“Hey, you my people right?”– Denzel Washington as Bobby T.
What’s good: Great dialogue and hilarious comedy.
What’s not good: Odd beginning and unfortunately Paula Patton.
What happened: All great summer blockbuster movies should have the following: A-list stars, awesome action, and lots of comedy. Most of the films released this time of year either are lacking in at least one of these categories (see ‘The Lone Ranger’) or are missing all three. ‘2 Guns’ fits the bill as a spectacular summer blockbuster that you won’t want to miss.
DEA Agent Bobby Trench (Denzel Washington) has been working undercover for years on a major drug deal. He is a slick, crafty cop who always knows someone who can get him whatever he needs. His partner, Naval Intelligence Officer Mike Stigman (Mark Wahlberg), is a cocky bastard who loves to flirt wherever he goes. Mike is also a deadly sharpshooter who never misses his target. There is no honor among thieves as both Mike and Bobby hide secrets about their true intentions. Their plan to bring down the Mexican Cartel is a risky one to say the least.
The bank heist doesn’t go as planned and Mike and Bobby soon figure out that they were set up. What was a simple plan has now become a dangerous game of survival. Mike and Bobby must figure out how to work together and find out who double-crossed them.
‘2 Guns’ is a refreshingly fun movie to watch for so many reasons. Denzel Washington always makes great films and this is certainly one of his best. The scene where his character plays Russian Roulette was really intense too. Mark Wahlberg is absolutely hilarious in this film. His one-liners are sure to have even the toughest critic crack a smile. One of the best moments was when Mike and Bobby finally fought each other. It was stacked full of action and again lots of comedy. Even the scene when they tried to pick up the car keys was very well done. Washington and Wahlberg are so good together that it feels like they have played these characters for years. The dialogue between them was perfection. Just check out the conversation between them in the diner and you will surely agree. Every good movie depends on strong villains and ‘2 Guns’ delivers three solid ones. Earl (Bill Paxton), Quince (James Marsden), and Papi (Edward James Olmos) are awesome bad guys who really test Mike and Bobby. A special nod goes to Bill Paxton for being the best villain of the bunch.
The one glaring issue with ‘2 Guns’ is Paula Patton as Deb. It is hard to tell if her character was poorly written or if it was never completely developed. Her character was so bad that you will wonder if she was even necessary. Most of her decisions during the film didn’t make much sense either. What she does at the end of the film will especially have you scratching your head. Making this character’s actions clearer would have provided the actress and the story much needed clarity. Also, the beginning of the film was confusing at first. It seems as if the director wanted to use a unique intro when a simple one would have sufficed. Despite these minor problems, let’s hope they make a sequel to this one very soon.
Bottom Line: ‘2 Guns’ has all of the action and comedy you are looking for. Go check out this flick right away.
Rating: R Run time: 1 hour, 49 minutes
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