‚??There is no code, first of all,‚?Ě says Robert ‚??Bobby‚?Ě Trench (Denzel Washington). ‚??You just do what you have to do, that‚??s all.‚?Ě He‚??s talking to Marcus ‚??Stig‚?Ě Stigman (Mark Wahlberg). Unknown to each other, Bobby and Stig are undercover agents ‚?? Bobby, with DEA, Stig, with naval intelligence ‚?? seeking to infiltrate Papi Greco‚??s (Edward James Olmos) drug cartel. That‚??s the setup for this complicated, brutal buddy-cop flick.
Can unlikely partners Bobby and Stig work together? Can they outrun and outwit nasty bad guys who come from all directions? Can you follow a plot that endlessly twists and turns? Find out, if you must, at ‚??2 Guns.‚?Ě
Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg are fun as odd couple, bickering Bobby and Stig, but only when they aren‚??t killing people, which they do a lot. ‚??You talk too much,‚?Ě says Bobby. ‚??You‚??re a misanthorpe,‚?Ě says Stig. ‚??You mean ‚??misanthrope.‚??‚?Ě ‚??You don‚??t like people.‚?Ě Bobby is pragmatic and cynical. Stig is an idealist, counting on someone, somewhere to do the right thing. Will he find anyone? Paula Patton is DEA agent Deb, involved with Bobby professionally and personally. She‚??s the only female character except for waitresses Stig winks at.
Others in the cast include Bill Paxton and James Marsden as duplicitous and dangerous government officers, Earl and Quince, and Edward James Olmos as vicious drug kingpin Papi Greco. Edward Arreola, Kyle Russell Clements and Christopher Matthew Cook are Papi‚??s men.
‚??2 Guns‚?Ě is a buddy-cop, shoot-‚??em-up caper, with high body count and an increasingly complex and improbable plot. Directed by Baltasar Kormakur, with a script by Blake Masters from the graphic novels by Steven Grant, it‚??s sometimes funny¬† ‚?? Wahlberg and Washington‚??s banter, patterned after Newman and Redford in ‚??Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid‚?Ě (1969)¬† ‚?? but mostly brutal, violent and off-putting. Its male leads hang out together, talk fast, defy authority (both professional and criminal), enjoy a lot of gunplay, and blow things up. If that appeals, you‚??ll be entertained but, I think, as I do about Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy in ‚??The Heat,‚?Ě Washington and Wahlberg deserve better. ‚??I liked you better when you were winking at waitresses and shooting the heads off chickens,‚?Ě says Bobby to Stig late in the movie. Me, too.
Rated R for brutal violence, pervasive language and brief nudity, ‚??2 Guns‚?Ě runs 109 minutes. If you go, discuss plot improbabilities and the film‚??s preposterous ending on the way home. Or not.
‚??2 Guns‚??‚?Ě complex plot
That‚??s anybody‚??s guess ‚??
Guys, guns, money, drugs ‚??
It‚??s pretty much a mess.