WRITTEN BY: Blake Masters
DIRECTED BY: Baltasar Kormákur
STARRING: Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg, Paula Patton, Bill Paxton, James Marsden, Edward James Olmos
RATING: 3 stars
Who knew Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington would have such great on-screen chemistry? 2 Guns sees them pitted against each other and working as a team, and there are several laugh-out-loud moments as they toss their banter around. There are also plenty of action sequences, multiple bad guys – although they are rather under-developed – and Paula Patton shows her breasts within minutes, so it is pretty much a teenage boy's dream film. Adults will enjoy it too, although the film runs away with itself in parts. If it weren't for the charm of Washington and Wahlberg, perhaps the film would have fallen apart, but as it is, 2 Guns has just the right amount of silly fun.
Based on the Boom! graphic novels by Steven Grant, 2 Guns has a rather convoluted plot that takes lots of turns. Bobby Trench (Washington) is an undercover DEA agent trying to catch Mexican drug cartel boss Papi Greco (Edward James Olmos). Marcus Stigman (Wahlberg) is an undercover NCIS agent with the same mission. Neither of them know about the other and it is only after they are both involved in a bank robbery that they realise the truth. They then begrudgingly join forces to get to the bottom of what is happening. Have they been set up by their superiors? Why is everyone after them? It is ridiculous and yet it somehow works.
What makes the film even more fun is that the supporting cast are also great actors. Bill Paxton plays a shady man hunting the pair and he almost steals the film. James Marsden plays Stigman's boss and is great at being a jerk. He is such a versatile actor. Despite my joke about her breasts, Patton is actually quite good in the film too as Trench's girlfriend, Deb. I should also say that her breast exposure is not at all gratuitous. Olmos had an interesting but ultimately underused character. I wanted to know more about him. The same can be said for Paxton and Marsden's characters.
2 Guns was a lot better than I thought it would be. I wonder if we will get a sequel?