Starring: Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg
Directed by: Baltasar Kormákur
Written By: Blake Masters
Rating: R (US) Running Time: 1 hr 49 min.
Bobby (Denzel Washington) and Stig (Mark Wahlberg) appear to be a couple of crooks looking to rob a bank, but they are also a couple of undercover agents working for different government agencies. They just don’t know it yet, and so starts a kind of unconventional-esk yet strangely familiar buddy cop movie involving drug cartels, corrupt Navy SEALS, the DEA and a large pile of cash.
Overall I found this movie likeable, but a touch uneven and I thought the plot started to get a little convoluted as it went along. The highlight though is watching Washington and Wahlberg work together. When they are on-screen this film really pops, and the two talented actors play off each other perfectly. It also doesn’t hurt to have a script loaded with great dialog written by Blake Masters. Though I will admit to never really caring about any of the characters in this film.
The wise cracks are fun, and the pace decent, but ultimately 2 Guns is pretty forgettable, and I found my attention waning every time Walhberg and Washington were not on the screen together.
This is a buddy cop movie, but not in the totally traditional sense – see The Heat for that. If you’re a fan of either of the leads you should enjoy this. The movie earns its R rating through its drug/crime related subject manner, language and violence.
This film will be served just find in HD on your nice big TV and home entertainment system.
When Washington and Wahlberg are onscreen, this movie comes alive. Wahlberg gives an especially funny performance in this film.