Excerpt: Bobby Trench en Michael Stigman zijn twee undercover agenten die proberen te infiltreren in een Mexicaans drugskartel maar niet van elkaar weten dat ze voor verschillende departementen van de overheid werken. Zo is Trench eigenlijk een agent van de DEA, terwijl Stigman dan weer voor de inlichtingendienst van de marine werkt.
Excerpt: Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg carry this film with mixing government agencies and drug cartels shooting it up over $42.125 million in stolen funds. It’s a fun hold over until the sequel, 3 Guns , can up the ante. Explosions, bare breasts, stampeding cattle, and far more than two guns light up this comedy actioner with a bit of an unrelenting dark side.
Excerpt: Entertainment One release the action-comedy 2 Guns onto DVD in the United Kingdom, in the original aspect ratio of 2.35:1. There are no surprises here for a recent Hollywood blockbuster, with the transfer being a consistent high quality from start to finish. The sun-soaked border environments receive the typical orange tinting for warmth, and they look great. Environments feel vast yet sparse, and the hues never feel too saturated.
Excerpt: 2 Guns is the kind of buddy/action film that we just don’t see a lot of any more. It stars Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington are two criminals who get involved in a string of double crosses and mix ups a amidst a string of gunfire. The catch here is that neither of these men are actually criminals and neither of them know the others true identity. Right from the opening moments we can see the two of them have great chemistry. Wahlberg plays Michael “Stig” Stigman.
Excerpt: 2 Guns first gives off the impression of an antidotal, barebones throwback—a good ol' shoot 'em up in contrast to the multiplex's surplus of caped- and masked-man sagas. But, alas, this short-tempered, law-straddling riff on the likes of Lethal Weapon , with Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg playing bickering allies, is itself based on Steven Grant's Boom!
Summary: Double crosses. Triple crosses. An extra helping of crosses on top of increasingly tangled numerical crosses. 2 Guns is a buddy cop genre pic in the guise of a punchy pulp comicbook actioner, one that attempts to toy with convention, actively subvert every action-movie cliché in the book, and crack a few familiar, wise-crackin' skulls in the process.
Excerpt: Biracial buddy pictures of the action/comedy variety are in their fifth decade. Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder kicked things off in the 1970s with Silver Streak . The 1980s gave us the likes of Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte ( 48 Hrs. ), as well as Mel Gibson and Danny Glover (the Lethal Weapon films).
Conclusion: The straightforward, buddy-comedy set-up will likely appeal to a wide audience on home video. And while that will be all some are looking for out of the film, there will be others who would have liked to have seen more of a compelling story developed around two remarkably likable characters brought to life in a surprising way, by two actors who you wouldn’t think would have that level of chemistry together.
Excerpt: "Bobby Beans" and "Stig" Stigman (Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg) have been working undercover together to take down a Mexican drug cartel, culminating in them robbing a bank holding their money. Confused by the amount of money being kept at the bank, $43 million, the two guys then discover that they're both hiding secrets from each other and there's a lot more going on with everyone they thought they could trust.