With “2 Guns” Universal Pictures has taken box office begging to a new level: The target opening weekend take is etched into the script. With an expenditure of around $80 million, “2 Guns” imprints itself on your subconscious mind slightly more than half that sum, programming you to urge your friends to give their ticket money.
In “2 Guns” a cliched action comedy with Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington in which the rapport between the two stars is far more powerful than the explosions, big guns, cool cars, tough talk, and hats reign supreme. Playing bank robbers with a hidden agenda – a classic cake-and-eat-it situation that lets us root for the bad guys – Wahlberg and Washington demonstrate once again why they are among today’s most beloved male celebrities, as they bro down and bang banged their way into our sympathies.
2 Guns Movie Review
Even so, the attraction of “2 Guns” is strongly dependent on whether you accept seeing guns used as props, fetishes, phallic symbols, and most horribly, jokes a year after the massacre in Aurora, Colorado, and seven months after Newtown. In the movie’s stylized action-packed world, flesh wounds are equivalent to offhanded one-liners that the actors toss back and forth like verbal Frisbees.
The verbal repartee is frequently stale when the irresponsible gunplay is insulting: one running gag revolves around police officers and doughnuts, which was already worn out when “The Simpsons” first aired. Along with slow-motion gun encounters, over-the-top truck chases, harsh torture involving a baseball bat and an enraged bull, and an overall tone of crass cynicism, “2 Guns” has a vibe of having been done previously by John Woo, Michael Bay, or any number of their CGI-happy imitators.
The difference between “2 Guns” director Baltasar Kormakur (“Contraband”) and the rest is that he has Wahlberg and Washington, both of whom do their best work: Wahlberg plays the innocent, over-eager puppy dog with eyes of a sniper, while Washington maintains his cool under a variety of porkpie hats and sunglasses. (Blake Masters wrote the script; it’s based on a graphic novel written by Steven Grant.) Edward James Olmos, Bill Paxton, James Marsden, Paula Patton, and — hello! — Fred Ward assist the two.
It’s like the producers of this summer’s “2 Guns” found themselves up a creek without a paddle, because they had no idea what to do with an international thriller or any other new story. However, if you’re looking for something incredibly entertaining to watch while you enjoy your morning coffee or cocktail hour before dinner, give it a try. You’ll be glad you did. The sum of even those excellent parts winds up being as disposable as so many of this summer’s boys-and-their-toys bullpucky. Admittedly, though, “2 Guns” does contain at least one amusing line when one of the characters tells Patton, “I meant to love you.” It’s true; that’s exactly how I felt about the film. Watch the Gun 2 movie now on the Cinema HD app.
2 Guns Trailer
Blake Masters (screenplay by), Steven Grant (based on the Boom! Studios graphic novels by)
Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg, Paula Patton, Edward James Olmos, Bill Paxton
Movie Rating: 3.3/5