8/8/2013 - Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg do their respective action movie shticks in 2 Guns, a mash-up of Washington’s “there’s a larger conspiracy here” with Wahlberg’s “I’m a dumb guy punching stuff.”
And guess what? That peanut butter tastes pretty good on that chocolate bar.
Bobby Trench (Washington) and Michael “Stig” Stigman (Wahlberg) appear to be low-level contractors making their money by trading passports for cocaine with a high-level Mexican drug lord, Papi Greco (Edward James Olmos). After a deal with Greco falls through and they find out that he’s murdered another low-level guy, they decide to rob the American bank where he keeps a little extra cash. It will be revenge plus a cool $3 million.
What Stig doesn’t know is that Bobby is DEA and is using the bank robbery as a way to get the cash that will be the evidence he needs to put Greco away.
What Trench doesn’t know is that Stig is a naval officer working some kind of deep cover operation, he thinks at the behest of an admiral (Fred Ward).
Both Trench’s handler — Deb (Paula Patton), who is also his girlfriend — and Stig’s handler, an officer named Quince (James Marsden), tell the men to go ahead with the robbery, each thinking they’re setting the other up for a crime. But when they get to the bank, Trench and Stig find far more than the $3 million they’re expecting. Soon, both men are on the outs with their organization and being chased by the mysterious Earl (Bill Paxton). Though Stig shot Trench and Trench was about to set Stig up for robbery, the men soon realize they can only trust each other and will have to work together.
I mean, not really. Any sliver of real-world logic that was introduced into this plot would shatter it into a million pieces but so what. Washington is going to be a bad-ass. Wahlberg is going to be a goof who can shoot dudes and punch dudes, all while spunkily bantering. Do you really want to be the one to shatter the magic of that? I don’t. This is August, my friends, and for August, for the time of year when the cruddy movies are shoved into theaters like old furniture being shoved to the curb, 2 Guns is solid junk-food, cheese-flavored shoot-’em-up fare. I don’t know that I can watch Wahlberg and Washington play these characters forever but I can certainly watch them here, where their respective swaggers and fast-draw abilities create some very decent buddy chemistry. B
Rated R for violence throughout, language and brief nudity. Directed by Baltasar Kormakur and written by Blake Masters (from the Boom! Studios graphic novels by Steven Grant), 2 Guns is an hour and 49 minutes long and distributed by Universal Pictures.