14 August 2013 4:29 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★☆☆ In what's been a difficult year for summer blockbusters, it seems Hollywood is returning to the venerable set up of the good ol' buddy cop comedy for cheap thrills and fast bucks; firstly with Paul Feig's The Heat, which opened last week, and now 2 Guns (2013) - a brisk, unpretentious crime caper from Icelandic director Baltasar Kormákur. The sub-genre lives and dies by the chemistry of its leads, and with Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg - who are always devilishly pleasing to watch, especially in comedy roles - Kormákur ensures that his own contribution is more Midnight Run (1988) than Samurai Cop (1989).

Washington and Wahlberg pick up the schtick of Mel Gibson and Danny Glover's Lethal Weapon duo as two mismatched friends: Wahlberg as garrulous tough nut Stig, a definite nod to Gibson's Riggs; and Washington as smooth operator Bobby, a sexier version of Glover's retiring family man. The difference this time, »

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