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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.
- Blake Masters (based on the comics by Steven Grant)
Rating: R16 Violence and offensive language
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.
New York Times
The Dissolve (USA)
Time Out London
Total Film (UK)
At The Movies (Australia)
2 Guns are not enough
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.