Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg together in one film? Yes, you read that right! In the feature film, 2 Guns, not only do you get an action packed film, you also have a dose of humor thrown in the script written by Blake Masters (screenplay) and Steven Grant (based on the Boom! Studios graphic novels). Baltasar Kormákur (Contraband) directs this highly entertaining film that also stars Edward James Olmos, Bill Paxton, Paula Patton, James Marsden and a host of many other actors.
Some people may be thinking this is just another “buddy cop” type of film, but what I found is two men highly skilled in the use of weapons teamed up to do a job, but are not “partners” on the daily beat. They are so undercover, they do not even know what agency each other represents until they come under fire from all sides. At times, scripts for this type of action film can seem predictable, but in 2 Guns, it did not scream “predictable” as could have been anticipated. I went in with an open mind and am pleasantly surprised.
Of course, Denzel is cool and fabulous in his performance as always, this time as Robert “Bobby” Trench, working all sides of the job to find out who is really in charge of a huge operation of drugs and stashed money.
Mark Wahlberg fans will be impressed with his performance as Michael “Stig” Stigman, handling both the action and comedic lines just right. Comedic, yes, but no where near anything like the character he portrayed in a film last year with a talking bear.
Of course I prefer to see Edward James Olmos in other than the drug lord he portrays in this film, Papi Greco, but when he does choose this type of role, he does well and does not seem to flinch as he inflicts pain on those who cross him.
Not wanting to spoil much of the film, get out of the heat this weekend and see this film. Guns, violence and sexy scenes do make this 109 minute film earn an R rating, so just prepare any guests who may not like this type of Hollywood entertainment.