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      2 Guns - Movie Review: Action Filled, But Tedious

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      Rating:
      2.0/5
      Based on a cult graphic novel by Steven Grant, the Hollywood film 2 Guns is an intriguing, action packed buddy film, complete with greed, corruption, deception and double crossing. Two buddies - Bobby Trench (Denzel Washington) and Marcus Stigman (Mark Wahlberg) after being cheated by a Mexican drug lord (Edward James Olmos) decide to rob a bank that holds his ill-gotten wealth.

      Unwittingly, instead of picking the drug lord's three million dollars, they land up stacking a little over 43 million dollars belonging to an even more ruthless organisation, the CIA. Once the heist is done and when their plans go awry, they dwell into their partner's past and trustworthiness. They realise that they haven't been truthful to each other; Bobby is an undercover DEA officer, while Stigman is an ex-Navy officer, each of whom seems to be putting up a charade.

      That's not all, there are other go-getters trying to claim a stake in the heist. Apart from the Mexican drug lord and the ruthless CIA agent (Bill Paxton), the duo find themselves pitted against their own colleagues with divided loyalties. They are the seductive DEA agent (Paula Patton) and a slimy Navy official (James Marsden). Continue to read 2 Guns movie review in the slideshow.

      Commercial Elements

      Commercial Elements

      The film has it all - action, trivial nudity, guns, drugs, cartels, more guns, jokes, funny scenes, vehicle chase in the desert, fisticuffs, restaurant getting blown up, bank heist, cops, CIA, Naval Intelligence, bad guys and good guys.

      Washington's Performance

      Washington's Performance

      Like every other buddy film, Washington and Wahlberg generate an attractive mismatched chemistry that complements each other. Washington with gold plates on his teeth seems to have slowed down on his action. He plays a far lighter role than he usually does in action projects. His and Wahlberg's interaction does sizzle from the first instinct onwards.

      Wahlberg's Performance

      Wahlberg's Performance

      In contrast to Washington, the gum munching Wahlberg lights up the screen with his punchy one-liners and aggressive adamant role. It is truly enjoyable to see the two of them rolling on the floor engaged in a fisticuff. Of the other supporting actors, Paxton and James Olmos serve up a convincing fare. Patton as Washington's colleague and love interest hams her way.

      Production Values In 2 Guns

      Production Values In 2 Guns

      Visually, the film is attractive with good sound and production quality. The set action pieces are nothing much to rave about. Director Baltasar Kormakur's 2 Guns starts off on a very promising note. But as the layers unfurl, the plot-holes seem glaring and the film immediately starts to drag even though the premise is intriguing.

      2 Guns Narration

      2 Guns Narration

      The story gets tedious as the narration sluggishly tries to establish itself. It rambles and then teases with what looks like a thoughtful plot, with all the unravelling happening in the second half, it seems like it's made of various "that would be cool" plot elements strung together.

      2 Guns Verdict

      2 Guns Verdict

      Watch the film only for Wahlberg and Washington's camaraderie.

      2 Guns Cast And Crew

      2 Guns Cast And Crew

      Producer: Marc Platt, Norton Herrick, Randall Emmett and others

      Director: Baltasar Kormákur

      Cast: Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg, Paula Patton, Bill Paxton, Fred Ward, James Marsden and Edward James Olmos

      Music: Clinton Shorter

      Cinematography: Oliver Wood

      Release date: September 20, 2013

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