2 GUNS (2013)


Starring: Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg, Paula Patton, Bill Paxton, Edward James Olmos

Directed by: Baltasar Kormakur

Synopsis: A DEA agent and a naval intelligence officer find themselves on the run after a botched attempt to infiltrate a drug cartel. While fleeing, they learn the secret of their shaky alliance: Neither knew that the other was an undercover agent.

The buddy cop movie is alive and kicking. Kind of. If you thought the genre had died out with Lethal Weapon, Beverly Hills Cop, Tango and Cash, 48 Hours, Point Break and all those films from the 80’s and 90’s then you would be mistaken. They just aren’t as good any more. Hence, 2 Guns.

To be fair, it’s an OK, solid enough action movie and you know what you are getting with the actors involved. It just doesn’t really stand out as better or even on a par with some of those classics mentioned before. Or maybe the mists of time have clouded peoples judgement as to how good those old films really were? If I took this film and threw Axel Foley or Martin Rigby into it and called it a reboot, would people like it?

Washington and Wahlberg have a decent enough chemistry, but the action and dialogue just doesn’t seem inventive enough for some reason. Maybe everything has been done before? I only watched it last night, but it says it all that I can’t remember large portions of the film. In fact, the most memorable scenes for me come from the interplay between, not Denzel and Mark, but Denzel and Bill Paxton. So in the end, more of a buddy good guy / bad guy kind of movie.

2.5 clappers

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  1. Good review Thomas. It’s pretty damn dumb, but isn’t that what we’ve come to expect now from most Marky Mark movies, regardless of who’s actually in them?

    • Haha, Marky Mark. Nice put down Dan!! To be fair to the guy, he has popped up in some classics (Boogie Nights, The Departed) so proved he can act, or at least BE IN a decent movie, but he makes some pretty naff, show me the money, choices as well!

  2. This film had such a confusing and convoluted plot I started trying to understand what was going on after like ten minutes or so 😀

  3. Any movie called something as unoriginal as “2 Guns” probably isn’t going to be much good. Also, weird, isn’t it, that “2 Guns” is a metaphor for the 2 agents in the film? And that men can be equated to guns so easily? Just a little random thought, sorry if it’s a bit of a non sequitur

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