2 Guns

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Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg star in this old-school actioner about two operatives who infiltrate a major drug ring, neither knowing the other is an undercover federal agent. The pair are forced to team up when their respective agencies disown them. From the director of Contraband.

For the past 12 months, drug enforcement agent Bobby (Washington) and naval intelligence office Marcus (Wahlberg) have been working undercover as members of a narcotics syndicate. Each distrusts the other as much as the crims they plan on taking down. When an attempt to infiltrate a Mexican drug cartel goes bad, their agencies wash their hands of the affair. Both are wanted for arrest or for dead, forcing the pair to work together. Unfortunately for their pursuers, when good guys spend years pretending to be bad, they pick up a few dirty tricks along the way.

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Action, Drama

109mins

Rating: R16 Violence and offensive language

USA

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2 Guns is that rare popcorn flick that succeeds at being fun and breezy, and features just enough twists to entertain without getting too complicated. Denzel Washington employs his usual effortless charisma, and Marky Mark slips into his usual role of ‘man with muscles who doesn’t emote very well’ with ease. Well, that’s not entirely true - his character here is a smart-ass, a guy who's constantly cracking wise, which he doesn’t completely sell, but isn’t too distracting. It helps that he has Denzel to bounce off, and the banter between them proves to be good value.

And it’s so great to see Bill Paxton on screen again! He steals every scene he’s in as a ruthless interrogator working for [spoiler redacted]. Paxton makes a really convincing bad guy, and I’d love to see him in more roles like this. Edward James Olmos doesn’t get as much to do, but chews his share of scenery when required.

It makes sense that this is based on a series of comics. The plot feels properly considered rather than slapped together, and plays out as a series of reveals. You can almost feel the end of each issue as another revelation drops and changes all the character dynamics. This structure helps keep things entertaining, and any crime film with this many double crosses gets a tick from me.

2 Guns bubbles along with gunfire, explosions, wisecracks and just enough story to keep your brain semi-engaged. In a (Northern Hemisphere) summer where every blockbuster has felt bogged down with doom and gloom, it's downright refreshing.

Empire (UK)

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This does a serviceable job homaging '80s actioners but not a whole lot more. Go for the explosions, zone out for the plot.

Guardian (UK)

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Not much firepower.

Hollywood Reporter

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Charm makes up for ludicrous plotting in twist-heavy crime story.

New York Times

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A slick, slippery thriller that taps into the anarchic playfulness that made the best American action flicks of the 1980s and '90s pop.

The Dissolve (USA)

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Kormákur's directing style seems like a conscious corrective to the disorienting cutting and obvious CGI effects that have come to dominate Hollywood action films.

Time Out London

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The headlights are on full beam but the engine is struggling in second gear.

Total Film (UK)

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Washington and Wahlberg are an effective double act in an intermittently exciting thriller with more twists than it needs.

Variety (USA)

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Kormakur shows he knows his way around an action movie better than most, keeping the pace quick, the banter lively and the old-school, mostly CGI-free thrills delivering right on schedule.

At The Movies (Australia)

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Despite its convoluted plot and wild improbabilities, a pretty enjoyable buddy action movie.

2 Guns are not enough

2 Guns

Hmmm, like 'Dusk till Dawn' with some Quentin Tarantino thrown in. My enemy of my enemy is my friend.


Double twist

it was funny, rofl film


Double Barelled Entertainment

Ever had that feeling of being totally flummoxed by a plot twist?

2 Guns gives you these feelings quite frequently. But not too frequent that you get used to it.

I liked this movie. It was entertaining because it kept you interested in what might happen next. It was ‘balls out’ action and cleverly sophisticated where it needed to be and flowed nicely enough to prove entertaining.

A solid 3/5 from me.