Movie Review: 2 Guns

by | Aug 2nd, 2013 | 12:10PM | Filed under: Movies, Theatrical Reviews

Two Guns movie All you really need to know about 2 Guns is that its poster to the left shows an actual scene from the movie. If you look at it and go, Oh, YEAH!, then this is the movie for you.

Who’s in it? Denzel Washington (Bobby Trench), Mark Wahlberg (Marcus Stigman), Paula Patton (Deb), James Marsden (Quince), Bill Paxton (Earl), Edward James Olmos (Papi Greco)

What’s it about? 2 Guns begins with Trench and Stigman planning to rob $3 million from a small-town bank. Why they’re doing this is revealed a bit later, but it’s safe to say that no one is what they seem in the latest from Icelandic director Baltasar Kormákur (Contraband, which also starred Wahlberg). It’s one part crime thriller, one part action flick and one part buddy-cop comedy. Except that Trench and Stigman aren’t cops . . . and they’re not exactly buddies, either. But boy, can they banter!

All I can say without spoiling anything for you is that: 1) everyone is trying to kill everyone else, and 2) surprise, surprise, there are way more than two guns making an appearance.

What’s good? Though the aforementioned comedic banter is forced at times, the overall charm and A-list-ness of both Denzel and Wahlberg saves 2 Guns from what would’ve otherwise been your standard “What’s really going on here?” movie. Denzel plays Trench much like his too-cool-for-school pilot in Flight (only sober), and Wahlberg is pretty much going for the SNL spoof of himself—flirting with cute waitresses and constantly dropping one-liners (but stopping short of sending along greetings to anyone’s mother). If you typically like these two actors, odds are you’ll enjoy this movie. They sure seem to be having fun, at least!

The rest of the cast is solid as well, with Bill Paxton as an downright evil money-collector, Edward James Olmos as a Mexican drug lord, and Paula Patton as someone who may or may not be on Trench’s side . . . but is definitely in his bed. The script from Blake Masters (based on the comic book series of the same name) is twisty enough to keep you interested, most of the action scenes are tense and tight, and for once I wasn’t antsy by the end.

What could’ve been better? BUT… let’s talk about that ending. It is in-your-face ridiculous. However, you probably won’t care. It’s that kind of movie—not meant to be more than an entertaining way to spend a few hours with some of your favorite actors in the thick of the summer. It delivers laughs and suspense and thankfully not as much violence as I expected, though I could’ve done without a certain chicken scene.

The bottom line: 2 Guns is better than it should be thanks to its charismatic leads and the positive reputations that precede them. You won’t remember much about it in a few months, but if you’re looking for a good old-fashioned action movie, it’ll do just fine. Plus, NO superheroes!


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10 Responses to “Movie Review: 2 Guns”

    • Currently 5/5 Stars
    Posted on August 5, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    Gooooood movie

  1. Grace Rodriguez
    Posted on August 6, 2013 at 7:44 am

    I cant wait to watch 2Guns!

  2. Eli@coachdaddy
    Posted on August 6, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    This is the kind of movie that makes me want to eat pizza and beer. And not shave the next day. And flirt with a waitress.

  3. joey lyzen
    Posted on August 8, 2013 at 9:08 am

    Coolest movie this year, Walburg and Washington. are like the old Wilder n Pryor. Movies Silverstreak with more guns

    • Currently 5/5 Stars
    Elieser Vazquez
    Posted on August 8, 2013 at 9:32 am

    Yes this seems to be a great movie I wish it was out already. I missed at the movies but can’t wait for out to cone out on DVD. Soon it will be here and oh man I love these kind off movies can’t wait

    • Currently 4/5 Stars
    ann daniels
    Posted on August 8, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    great movie! commenting to get the promo code so here is my comment,but the movie reallky is a good one!

    • Currently 4/5 Stars
    Michele Secondine
    Posted on August 15, 2013 at 10:34 am

    I havent seen this movie yet but i will when i get paid it sounds awesome. And i love both of these gorgeous men

    • Currently 5/5 Stars
    Sonia Kateri Trevino
    Posted on August 19, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    I’ve never even seen the previews for this movie so I must really be hiding under a rock. I love both main actors so I can’t wait to see it!!!!!!! SOUNDS LIKE A FUN MOVIE TO WATCH!!

  4. Jevondra Hairston
    Posted on August 20, 2013 at 9:06 am

    Looking forward to seeing this one! This weekend it’s on!!!

  5. Lisa Will
    Posted on August 27, 2013 at 8:25 am

    I absolutely loved this movie. It was exciting and filled with alot of action and comedy. I admire both stars and they played a terrific role in this film. I thought it was exquisite form start to finish. Held my attention the entire time.