2 Guns

Directed by: Baltasar Kormákur

Rating: 2 1/2 out of 5

Release date: Aug 2, 2013

 2 Guns is the new buddy movie starring Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington as two undercover agents who have infiltrated a Mexican drug ring – yet neither of them knows the other is a snitch. Bobby Trench (Washington) is a DEA agent working to bring down Papi Greico (Edward James Olmos – who really Stands and Delivers a great perf here) by pretending to be a smooth operator with gold teeth. ‘Stig’ Stigman (Wahlberg) is an NCIS agent who is also trying to get to Papi. After being double-crossed by Papi, Stig and Bobby work together to rob a bank in NM that has $3 million of Papi’s money. It turns out the bank has $43 million dollars – and it’s the CIA’s dirty money. This brings in the mysterious Earl (Bill Paxton in full on Chet mode from Weird Science) who works for the CIA and he’s a killer. Stig’s also being tracked by Quicne (James Marsden) who is a dirty Navy agent who takes the $43 million from them & tries to kill them. Now Bobby & Stig have to figure a way outta this mess while Bobby has to juggle his maybe-GF Deb (Paula Patton), a cop who might be double-crossing him too. Needless to say the convoluted plot goes all to hell by the end. There’s plenty of action, things blowing up, people getting killed, the usual genre fare for this type of crime movie. 2 Guns is partially saved by genuinely  funny dialogue, especially Wahlberg who gets most of the movie’s laughs. Once the movie is over though, it’s entirely forgettable. The script was originally made for Vince Vaughn & Owen Wilson, which they skipped to do The Internship instead. That’s a push.

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