Movie Review: 2 Guns
Prinz Lee wrote this review 3 years and 7 months ago
Explosively fun, sarcastically hilarious, entertainingly loud, and viciously intriguing would be the best way to describe “2 Guns” – a film that embarks on a tangled web of deception between the CIA, DEA & U.S. Navy!
Two operatives from competing bureaus have been forced on the run as “a team.” However, there’s a catch: It’s been about a year they’ve reluctantly been working together and neither knows that the other is an undercover federal agent. With much distrust, DEA agent Bobby Trench (Deznel Washington) and U.S. naval intelligence Marcus Stigman (Mark Wahlberg) stay the course as they aim at infiltrating a Mexican drug cartel spearheaded by a ruthless kingpin named Papi (Edward James-Olmos). When an unexpected outcome arises, a complexity of even bigger issues erupts when there’s an even bigger link that ties into another ruthless soul by the name of Earl (Bill Paxton) – a man with surprising connections that raises the stakes upon the entire ordeal, and exposing more than Bobby and Stigman imagined.
It seems to me that graphic novels are where the most interesting story-lines exist nowadays. It wasn’t until a few weeks ago I became aware this was one, and much like its predecessors, this was another high-fueled, intense cinematic journey. This was different. We’ve seen many government, set-up, anti-buddy types of narratives in the past, but there was a unique swing to this one. Running on both comedy and action (aside from the awesome chemistry Denzel and Mark have) the unfolding of the story was written out and translated very well. Personally, better than I anticipated.
A great approach I found taken upon all characters were their neutral state-of-mind. It was quite captivating and very interesting. Although coming into the film you, as audience, knows where they stand, there’s always that trickle of questioning when it comes to their morals. (It plays off so well since everyone thinks they know everything, yet no one knows nothing.) A lot of that follow-along approach is credited in terms of how the story unfolds. It takes a bit to link its pieces, but once the script starts to reveal what’s what and who’s who, the film takes off and sets itself up for a nice layout of story-telling, scenery, interesting characters, and a pretty big (predictable) ending. That’s irrelevant though because what matters is how it was presented. That said…it’s big, loud and full of testicular fortitude! Therefore, quite enjoyable.
Not taking anything away from Denzel and Mark, I really must say that Edward James Olmos and Bill Paxton weren’t slouches. These two went toe-to-toe with everyone! No matter who they shared screen-time with, the level of intensity between characters was way beyond just “tough-guy-jargon.” Scenes with harsh dialog upon gritty, rough environments not only oozed lots of sarcastic, comedic juices (which was quite surprising), they also carried weight of much intimidation – especially with Paxton’s short, brilliant role.
Moving quite smoothly and not feeling like it was shy of 2 hours, the only “gripe” I have with the film is: one, I would have loved to have seen more of Paxton and two, (unless I missed it) a deeper explanation as to what led to the unification and outcome of Washington’s and Wahlberg’s characters. Other than that…I have ZERO complaints. “2 Guns” turned out be a surprisingly good, entertaining, summer film!
Grade: B+ / Genre: Action/Adventure, Comedy, Crime / Rated: R / Run Time: 1 Hr. 50 Min.
Starring: Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg, Bill Paxton, Paula Patton, Edward James Olmos
Directed by: Baltasar Kormakur