Movie Review: “2 Guns” brings us some sharp banter and plenty if cliches

*This is an FTR classic movie review. Published and imported a while after the film’s original release.*

If I were running a studio, I’d greenlight “2 Guns”.

Who wouldn’t want to see Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg as undercover good guys, who doesn’t know the other one is undercover as they try to track down $43 million from a drug lord and corrupt government agents. The film basically writes itself.

The problem is that “2 Guns” does apparently write itself because aside from everything you’ve seen in a buddy backstabber movie before, there isn’t much left.

If you’re paying to see the film’s two stars, you should be content. Director Baltasar Kormakur makse sure of that. Both of them are good here. But the film is fairly predictable. There is nothing new uncovered here. You’ll see the twists and turns coming from a mile away.

To the film’s credit, the supporting cast is impressive and along for the ride. We get Bill Paxton as a corrupt CIA agent. James Marsden as a Navy Officer. Edward James Olmos as a Mexican drug lord, and Paula Patton as Denzel’s source on the inside.

Know what you’re in for. Check your brain in for the ride. And you might find yourself smiling a time or two at Wahlberg and Washington for an easy time.

2 Guns

Grade: C-

Rated: R

Running Time: 1 hour 49 minutes.

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