If you like one or both of the stars of 2 Guns, Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg, you will have a great time with this popcorn action flick. -Bruce
2 Guns stars Denzel Washingtom and Mark Wahlberg in a movie about two federal agents from different branches of the law working together, but initially, not knowing that the other guy is a cop.
It starts out watching Trench (Washington) and Stigman (Wahlberg) casing a bank for a robbery, and lighting the diner on fire that’s across the street.
We then flashback to a week previous and quickly catch up on why they’re doing this. And its a worthy cause… well, intent. But what they’re doing isn’t quite legal, considering they’re Feds, but they’re trying to get some evidence on a particular drug cartel leader. (Edward James Olmos)
But things go horribly wrong on multiple levels. Both guys were expecting something different than what did happen, and instead, they incur the wrath of Earl (Bill Paxton). A mysterious, pissed and vengeful kind of guy.
Other players include Deb (Paula Patton), Trench’s ex, Fred Ward (in a quick scene), James Marsden as the ever focused Quince. (I can’t tell you any more than that without spoiling it for you.)
Trench and Stigman started out tolerating each other, and through the various events, they’re forced to trust each other, no matter how tense it might be. And you’ll see why I questioned their trust issues after one particular exchange between them. (Again, no spoilers.)
2 Guns was based on Boom! Studios graphic novel by Steven Grant with the screenplay by Blake Masters (Law and Order, Rubicon, Brotherhood) and directed by Baltasar Kormákur (The Deep, Contraband). This would be the second time Wahlberg has worked with the director.
Was there a good story in 2 Guns? It was entertaining enough to help move our characters forward from point A to point B, or gun fight, to tense dialog, to more gun fighting, to more… well, you get it. It was fun watching the seasoned pro and the wily, talented youth working together, blending their skills into something useful… eventually.
If you’re a fan of Denzel and/or Mark, I think you will fully enjoy yourself watching them do what they do best. If not, I’m sure one can find all sorts of flaws with it.
On my popcorn movie review scale, I’d give this entertaining flick a 9 out of 10.