MPAA Rating: Rated R for violence throughout, language, and brief nudity
Cast: Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg, and Bill Paxton
Running Time: 109 Minutes
Release Date: August 2, 2013
Moviegoers in search of this summer’s best action-comedy needn’t look further than their nearest box office this weekend. “2 Guns”, which opens for wide release today, follows Naval Intelligence Officer Michael “Stig” Stigman (Mark Wahlberg) and DEA Agent Robert “Bobby” Trench (Denzel Washington) in an action packed, side splitting, adventure. For most of the movie, the two leads are on the run after a failed attempt to infiltrate the cartel. Neither character knows that the other is undercover and they try to play each other before eventually discovering the true identity of the other. Director Baltasar Kormákur did a fantastic job at playing off of the strengths of the two lead characters. While “2 Guns” incorporates all of your traditional elements of an action packed comedy, what sets it apart is the chemistry between Denzel and Mark.
When forming my opinion on a movie, I try to consider what it is trying to be rather than what I might want it to be. “ 2 Guns” is simply trying to entertain, and it certainly succeeds. The action, though extremely violent, is thrilling and well done. Put simply though, this film was only going to go as far as its two stars would take it. Even though Wahlberg and Washington were each playing characters that were within their wheelhouse, they played off each other surprisingly well and each delivered laughs in their own way. Wahlberg was the arrogant ladies man, and Denzel was the sarcastic straight-man. Sometimes, when there is that much star power in a movie, you get the feeling that they are performing beside each other rather than with each other. That was not the case here, each performance was elevated by the other.
“2 Guns” was not intended to be anything groundbreaking or new. It was following the action comedy playbook but it hit every mark with perfection. The result is one of the most enjoyable movie experiences of the the year so far.
On my scale of 1 to 10, where 1 is the worst, 5 is the best, and 10 is the worst again, I give “2 Guns” a 5.1257 with an emoticon subraking of “elated face”.