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2 Guns (2013)

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Two hardened criminals get into trouble with the US border patrol after meeting with a Mexican drug lord, and then revelations start to unfold.

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Baltasar Kormákur

Writers:

Blake Masters (screenplay by), Steven Grant (based on the Boom! Studios graphic novels by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Denzel Washington ... Bobby
Mark Wahlberg ... Stig
Paula Patton ... Deb
Edward James Olmos ... Papi Greco
Bill Paxton ... Earl
Robert John Burke ... Jessup
James Marsden ... Quince
Greg Sproles ... Chief Lucas
Fred Ward ... Admiral Tuwey
Patrick Fischler ... Dr. Ken
Derek Solorsano ... Ferret Nose Julio
Edgar Arreola ... Rudy (Papi's Men)
Kyle Clements ... Teemo (as Kyle Russell Clements)
Christopher Matthew Cook ... Thick (as Matthew Cook)
Tim Bell ... Lean (as Timothy Bell)
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Storyline

Robert Trench, an undercover DEA agent, takes advantage of gunman Michael Stigman's idea to rob a bank to bust him and a mob boss. However, it proves too successful with much more money seized than anticipated with Trench's forces not stopping the getaway. Complicating things still more, Stigman turns out to be a Naval Intelligence agent who shoots Trench and takes the money. The interservice debacle suddenly finds Trench and Stigman in a bloody web of corrupt clandestine rivalries as they are hunted, blackmailed and isolated for the money on both sides of the law. Now, the fugitives must work together to find a way out of this situation with no one to turn to but themselves. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Taglines:

2 Guns, 1 Bank.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence throughout, language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

2 August 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Two Guns See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$61,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$27,059,130, 4 August 2013, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$75,612,460

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$131,940,411
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

There was only one gun. The illusion that there were two was created in post-production. See more »

Goofs

When Bobby and Stig cross into Texas from Mexico, they walk through the Rio Grande which flows from their right to their left. But the Rio Grande flows east along that border, so it should be left to right when they walk north. As depicted, they're going the wrong way. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Stig: Hi.
Waitress Maggie: Hi.
Stig: How many?
Waitress Maggie: two.
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Featured in Baltasar Kormákur: A Viking in Hollywood (2013) See more »

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Mi Corazón Mi Amor
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HK Auteur Review - 2 Guns
9 October 2013 | by hkauteurSee all my reviews

2 Guns is reminiscent of buddy cop movies in the late eighties and nineties. Unlike a lot of recent throwback 80's action films, it tastefully retains much of the fun factor by concentrating on character and dialogue and removing some of the modern tropes that have gone stale, like overloading the film with pop culture references. With its setup and buddy dynamic, at times it actually reminded me of the 1996 Adam Sandler and Damon Wayons buddy cop movie Bulletproof.

What elevated 2 Guns from standard action fare were exactly the snappy lines and the buddy dynamic between Washington and Wahlberg. The two lead actors create a believable long-time friendship and it gave the movie a sizzling charm that you just can't look away from. Watching Walhberg and Washington rapidly throw zingers back and forth alone made the price of admission. After seeing his facetious performance in this film, it's easy now to imagine Mark Wahlberg taking over the role of Tony Stark in future Marvel films.

The film has a good supporting cast. James Marsden and Edward James Olmos seem overqualified for these supporting roles. It's nice to see them but they have too little time to truly shine. Paula Patton is cast in a seemingly intelligent female role, but is ultimately there for her sex appeal. Bill Paxton is the only one who gets to properly chew up some scenery as a scary CIA agent with a flair for torturing his victims.

The story moved along fast like a shark, for fear that stopping for a thoughtful pause would ruin its momentum and shatter the illusion of how complicated the plot seems. The action scenes are fun. More importantly, they are visible and you can follow what's going on. When it came to the finale, the film forgoes all the dramatic buildup from the first two acts and serves a lesser solution to its conflict. Had it been a slower moving story with less charming leads, I would have considered the finale a cop out ending.

But this time, I just went with it. 2 Guns just oozes old school charm, and charm can go a long way.

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