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4 out of 8 people found the following review useful:

An all-star cast is upstaged by piles of money.

Author: The_Film_Cricket from Birmingham, Alabama
2 August 2013

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A lot of crime movies feature mountains of illegally obtained money. Like the sight of shiny sports cars and healthy bosoms, its a fun treat that can be easily photographed – when we see it, we know exactly what we're looking at. Yet, Baltasar Kormákur may be the first director in history to place the piles of greenbacks so firmly into the plot that it becomes a supporting character. In fact, they're even given a name: $43.125 million. If you're in doubt, consider that this number is spelled out over and over in the dialogue, often slowly and deliberately: "Forty Three Point One-Two-Five Million Dollars." There are a lot of players in this movie and each gets his chance to repeat that number, lest we forget that they're chasing "Forty-Three Point One-Two-Five Million Dollars." If the money were a kidnap victim, it couldn't be spoken of with any more relish. All through this overwritten bit of hyperactivity, Forty-Three Point One-Two-Five Million Dollars keeps showing up. We see it several times, seen in piles and piles of Benjamin Franklins. It's photographed nicely, though it does look a little greener than we might expect. After a while, we get so accustomed to seeing Forty-Three Point One-Two-Five Million Dollars that we expect it to start talking. Yet, glorious as it is to look at, it ain't exactly Gollum.

The official stars of "2 Guns" are Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. Washington plays a DEA agent named Billy Trench, whose hard looks, gold teeth and pork-pie hat serve him well when he's working south of the border on a case to bring down a major drug kingpin named Papi Greco (Edward James Almos). Wahlberg plays Marcus Stigman, a Navy Intelligence Officer who has also gone deep undercover. Billy doesn't know that Wahberg is NCIS, and Marcus doesn't know that Billy is DEA. This is not a spoiler; the trailer spells this out without shame.

The pair plot to steal (kidnap) Forty-Three Point One-Two-Five Million Dollars by holding up a bank. What they don't know is that FTPOTFMD is being sought after by The Navy, The DEA, The CIA, the Mexican Mafia and an irritating Southern stereotype named Earl (Bill Paxton) who plays Russian roulette with your naughty bits if you don't tell him what he wants to know. A lot of people die over this money and a lot of time is wasted with the heroes either looking for it, or running from people that are.

Forty-Three Point One-Two-Five Million Dollars remains the central focus of "2 Guns" possibly because there's little else on the screen of any relevance. This is one of those machismo cop-buddy movies with too much plot, too much dialogue and serious gaps in common sense. It's one of those movies where tough guys talk smack by insulting each other's reproductive organs. One or two lines like that might be amusing, but this form of dialogue goes on and on until it appears to be an obsession. To our surprise, they never really discuss women in this way. Women in this film remain out of the picture, save one, a woman named Deb (Paula Patton) whose role in the plot is of no great consequence, though she does photograph slightly better than Forty-Three Point One-Two-Five Million Dollars That's too bad because the presence of Denzel Washington in any movie is a treat. He has always been the smartest and most dependable of actors who can enliven even the soggiest of scripts. Here he does a good job, and in some scenes he does a great job, but by the end of the movie even his charisma has petered out. "2 Guns" is like vapor that goes into your brain and evaporates before its over. While you're watching it, it doesn't really mean anything and when it's over, it means even less.

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5 out of 10 people found the following review useful:

Starts great, ends badly...

Author: WillySchneider1962 from United States
5 August 2013

Good exciting plot with several unexpected twists until things inevitably fall apart. Overall, the idea is great - very entertaining repartee between the two leads, repeated, and then unfortunately repeated several more times, until it isn't entertaining at all.

The casting was first rate and they performed their tasks admirably. The script was the problem - not their fault. I especially liked Edward James Olmos as the Mexican drug lord they are trying to entrap.


The ending reminded me of the ending of Blazing Saddles instead of the balls-out Tarentino-like firestorm the director intended.

Gave it 9 stars for the first half, 3 stars for the second. Averages out to 6...

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6 out of 12 people found the following review useful:

Flat, unexciting drivel that wastes the pairing of two great leads

Author: davideo-2 from United Kingdom
20 August 2013

STAR RATING: ***** Saturday Night **** Friday Night *** Friday Morning ** Sunday Night * Monday Morning

Robert Trench (Denzel Washington) and Michael Stigman (Mark Wahlberg) are two buddies who arrange it to rob a bank where some of the world's deadliest criminals hold accounts. But these two friends hide a common secret from each other: they are both undercover agents in their respective fields, one for the DEA, the other for a branch of the military. The seeds of mistrust are planted when both learns each other's troublesome secret, but they must both overcome this when they learn they are now both in hot pursuit by a ruthless drug lord, and some corrupt CIA agents and military officials who want the stolen money back.

The 'buddy buddy' formula has remained an effective gambit by Hollywood ever since Richard Donner started the craze back in the late 80's with Lethal Weapon, even when it seems like it's aware itself of what a tired and predictable idea it's become. This is the least of the problems with 2 Guns, though, a thoroughly messy, disappointing affair that wastes a screen pairing with huge potential in the shape of Washington and Wahlberg, an older and wiser/younger and more hot headed pairing that could have worked great with better writing and more taut direction. As it is, it barely gets out of first gear.

The film is driven by a confused, incoherent plot that my plot summary barely managed to cover, that is more illogical and uninvolving the more it goes on. The film feels the need to compound it's problems by billing itself as a big, dumb, testosterone fueled action film, but delivering surprisingly little action, with a series of long, boring stretches in between the decent but rarely electrifying action set pieces. Chemistry wise, Washington and Wahlberg are hardly a none event, but with the meandering, redundant script, they may as well have been. It's just sad to think how much more might have been if they'd set their sights a bit higher and maybe demanding some screenplay changes.

Baltasur Kormakur's previous Mark Wahlberg offering Contraband was totally forgettable, but just about serviceable. 2 Guns only manages to make it by by the smallest thread, one notch away from awful but very barely average. **

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15 out of 30 people found the following review useful:

The usual conspiracy flick with dry humour and great acting

Author: kluseba from Gatineau, Canada
1 August 2013

"Two Guns" is a very entertaining action movie that mixes brutal and tension filled moments on one side with a lot of addicting dry humour on the other side. The chemistry between the two outstanding main actors Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg is simply great. The first one portrays a cynic and sometimes even misanthropic cop with strong nerves who has only one weak point which happens to be his superior Deb with whom he has a complicated romantic relationship. The latter one portrays a smart but quite offensive US marine who naively believes in justice and truth at all costs. Denzel Washington somewhat portrays the true face of modern America while Mark Wahlberg stands for idealized illusion of it. Both characters are quite different and complement each other very well in this movie.

They are both working on an undercover mission without knowing each other's identity. They have infiltrated a Mexican drug cartel and are led to steal three million US dollars from a bank that is used by the drug cartel. When they finally rob the bank, they discover that there are not only three million but forty-three million dollars. The US marine gets away with the money and encounters his superiors but they want to eliminate him for not having killed his partner and done his job properly in every detail. The cop is not only followed by his superiors but gets also tracked down by a mysterious gang who is after the money. In addition to this, the drug cartel is also seeking for revenge and wants to get its money back. The two quite different partners need to team up to fight against drug cartels, the police, marines and members of the secret service to get rid of the money and out of this disaster alive.

The movie works great because of many explosive action scenes, a good dose of dry humour and an authentic acting performance from all main and supporting actors. The story is your usual conspiracy flick which gets a little bit predictable. In the end, there was one scene that happened a little bit too quickly for me to fully understand it when one of the main actors found the stolen money but apart of that the movie has a vivid but not hectic pace and is easy to follow. The side story with the cop's superior portrayed by Paula Patton was too constructed and somewhat unnecessary to me and took the attention away from the main issue but nothing's perfect.

Fans of the two main actors and conspiracy flicks shouldn't miss this one out. This movie is far from being revolutionary but it's entertaining and definitely worth a walk to the movie theatres. I wouldn't though recommend to purchase this film. You can see it once and truly enjoy it from the beginning until the end but it doesn't request more attention.

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0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Great Action Saved with Chemistry from its Leads

Author: Floated2
7 March 2015

2 Guns starts great from its opening scene, which sets the audience a challenge - can you grow to like these men? Sat in a diner ahead of a bank robbery, Bobby Trench (Washington) and Michael Stigman (Wahlberg) indulge in a tense back-and-forth about their breakfast orders and Stigman's regular flirting with waitresses.

It's clear we're meant to see Stigman as a chatty but dim stooge to Washington's irascible elder and let the 'witty' repartee carry us through the film's later formulaic motions. The problem is, it's a little hard to care about either of these unpleasant criminals and even when truths emerge later about the pair, it hardly increases your emotional connection to the film. Overall 2 Guns delivers on action, comedy and is a fun thrill ride.

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0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

A fun ride thanks to the on form leads

Author: eddie_baggins from Australia
3 June 2014

No matter how good a script or how interesting a story, a movies worth normally settles upon the chemistry of the films two leads or the charisma of a solo participant if a movie so desires. Icelandic born director Kormakur action/comedy based upon Steven Grant's graphic novel's is a pretty generic and overcomplicated story that becomes something more thanks to the charms and chemistry between his two leads Denzel Washington as stoic DEA agent Bobby and Mark Wahlberg as loud mouth Ex-Navy member Stig.

Generating a banter and interplay not unlike Mel Gibson and Danny Glover in the once great Lethal Weapon series Washington and Wahlberg produce a buddy partnership that seems effortless and plays out in a natural unforced manner. Clearly having a blast acting alongside each other the two leads plough through material and dialogue that should not be near as funny as it is but with Washington doing his usual thing and Wahlberg again on a Pain and Gain type mode everything seems fresher and tolerable than it at times ought to. Other actors in the piece have fun with their roles with Bill Paxton on pretty decent Justified-lite form with his turn as bad boy Earl eerily reminiscent of an aging Raylan Givens. It's a lifesaver that these actors produced such fun turns for without them the film could have become another 2013 action flick that faltered badly ala White House Down or A Good Day to Die Hard.

Kormakur showed a decent flare in the action genre with his Wahlberg starring Contraband showing enough to suggest he had a bright future in the genre. This flare Kormakur showed with that previous film is sadly lacking here in 2 Guns with the action scenes never thrilling or never in any way original. It's a shame these scenes falter as they do for the story which should be a ripping yarn is only made into half of what it could have been thanks to some clunky exposition and far too many balls being juggled at one time.

2 Guns is a fun, fast and as per expected forgettable movie that goes beyond its means thanks to the work of two professional actors who clearly share a chemistry that can be utilised in future projects including perhaps a sequel to this venture which could look to include action and a story that is as good as it's leading men.

3 sticks of chewing gum out of 5

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0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

A buddy comedy-murder movie. Is that even possible?

Author: TxMike from Houston, Tx, USA, Earth
31 January 2014

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The IMDb summary pretty well says it, "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."

Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg, plus a variety of other ages and ethnicities. They are all good here, and the movie is entertaining in its own way, but lots of car chases and lots of shooting. Sometimes the shooting is at point-blank range to make sure the target is dead.

Lots of money is at stake, something like $43,125,000. It is supposedly drug cartel payoff to the CIA to let them transport things safely.

Anyway, not a good movie but certainly an entertaining one, as long as you keep firmly in mind that these are actors and people aren't really getting killed. They are just pretending.

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0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Great set up, poor ending

Author: shtove
26 December 2013

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Clever set with lots of intrigue and potential for double-crossing.

The two leads play it well - a bit superficial, but both likable. And there are several nasty grotesque characters to overcome.

Plus the pace is so good you don't want to miss a second of the plot.

So after 40 mins I was thinking this could be as good as vintage Tarantino. But it veered off course, until I couldn't be bothered with the daft ending. The goodies should have figured out a clever way of using the baddies against each other to resolve all problems - instead we ended up with the goodies miraculously shooting their way to victory against helicopter/bazookas/M16. Over the top and nowhere near as good as the set up promised.

I think maybe the love interest is where the plot went wrong.

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0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

many plot and character issues overcome by chemistry and fun

Author: witster18 from United States
20 December 2013

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extremely mild spoilers.

This is going to be one of those nit-pick films. There are many plot and character inconsistencies, and many will be far too busy picking them apart to appreciate some of the finer characteristics of the film.

What are those characteristics? First, Wahlberg is absolutely fantastic here. He delivers every line with panache, and his free-spirited character is a perfect balance for Denzel's more serious-side. Wahlberg adds the "feel-good" to this "buddy-cop"(even though this isn't really) duo, and he carries the film.

That's another thing that works here. The purposeful "lack of chemistry" between the two leads. For the middle third of the film the two are actually working against each other, and the chemistry in-the-end is only stronger because of the separation. I guess the heart truly does grow fonder.

Another positive is the direction here. The action scenes here are done quite well, and this is probably a director to keep your eye on.

The negatives.

There's a love interest sub-plot that fails to build any steam, and there often seems like a bit too many central characters here. 3 villains, two boyfriends, three agencies, and enough motives to make your head spin. The film could have been made stronger by narrowing its' focus.

This was actually the best of the 3 films(BY A FRACTION) I rented yesterday(that list included Elysium-59 and We're The Millers-60). None of them were any cause to alarm my movie-information constituents, but none of them were a complete waste of time or money either.

if you like a decent popcorn action/buddy-cop flick then this is probably worth your time.


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0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Generic and forgettable buddy cop movie

Author: KineticSeoul from United States
17 December 2013

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When it comes down to it, this becomes a somewhat generic and forgettable buddy cop movie. With whole different plot lines mashed into one. It felt like watching a buddy cop movie version of the movie "Safe" 2012, except not as entertaining. The main selling point of this flick is the fact that it has Denzel Washington in it, although Wahlberg did well. The chemistry between the two is alright, but just didn't seem to stand out when it came to the two characters. The plot is about double crosses and corruption in military, DEA with the drug cartel thrown into the mix. This flick is fast paced but it isn't really invigorating or all that thrilling to watch. Despite the overly far-fetched plot direction. Overall, it's a passable way to pass the time, but when it comes down to it. It's a generic and forgettable buddy cop movie. With two guys one up each other in how cool they are back and forth.


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