Howdy people and welcome to another film review, today I’m going to be reviewing 2 Guns, a film I was initially interested in seeing around 2 months ago but then wasn’t going to watch because of some of the reviews I saw for it. Well after my job training on Tuesday I decided to re-watch The Wolverine, but before that I decided to give this film a go just to see what the deal was and it was surprisingly fun.
The story in this film goes a little something like this:
“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.”
I thought the plot in the film was good for the most part, while it won’t win too many points for originality, there are elements to it which are unique to the film that work. I like how these two main came from different backgrounds and work together only to find out that once that steal the money that they’re after, that there’s so much more going on behind the scenes. You’ve got your themes of secrecy, conspiracy, betrayal, danger and loyalty and it all comes together nicely in the film’s story. My only issue with the plot is that it kind of drags near the middle and I hoped the pace would be picked up a bit.
When it comes to the characters they are all pretty cool. Denzel Washington as Robert “Bobby” Trench was nice, he was a man who was continuously relaxed but knew when to get serious. He was smart, funny and in line with some of the other characters I’ve seen Washington portray in the past. Mark Wahlberg as Michael “Stig” Stigman was really hilarious as Bobby’s partner, he was a very vocal person, not always thinking before acting and saying very rude things to people. However these are the qualities that make his character so funny and likeable. Together Washington and Wahlberg are easily the best aspect of this film, their banter, chemistry and on-screen presence carry this film from being being an average film to being something worth watching.
The other cast members involved were good though some were better than others. Bill Paxton as Earl was great, he was your typical kind of bad guy with an intimating tone of speech, violent methods of sorting out people who got in his way and his persona was simply in “douchebag” mode throughout the film. These are the aspects I appreciated about Paxton. Fred Ward was also an interesting character as Admiral Tuwey, he offered some nice moments of intimidation and I liked him. Paula Patton as Deb Rees was good, but I feel her talents were kind of wasted in this film. And James Marsden as Harold “Harvey” Quince was good, even though his character wasn’t in the film as much as I’d hoped I did like what his character brought to the film and I’m glad to see him in a more serious role after watching all the comedy stuff he’s being doing in the past.
In conclusion I enjoyed 2 Guns, it was a lot better and funnier than I thought it was gonna be and while it’s not one of the best films I’ve seen this summer it is still one worth watching. While I feel like the plot dragged in places, the film succeeds thanks to the central performances from Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. If you’re still unsure about watching this film give it ago, you’ll probably have a good time with this film.
Rating: 7/10 (The film is worth watch just for the chemistry between Washington and Wahlberg alone)
So what did you lot think of 2 Guns? Did you like it or were you disappointed? Whatever your thoughts are drop them below in the comments section and I’ll see ya on the next review yo!