2 g u n s
16th August 2013
Denzel / Mark
18th August 2013
Not having the first clue about graphic novels, I’d never heard of 2 Guns. Discovering it was directed by the same chap who directed The Deep recently, I really had no idea what to expect. But heading to the cinema on Saturday night with more than a couple of pints in me, I was quietly confident that this couldn’t be anywhere near as bad as Kick Ass 2.
2 Guns tells a pretty convoluted tale of a DEA agent and a naval intelligence officer who for reasons never fully explained, end up as partners in crime without knowing each other’s undercover secret. After a botched robbery, well, botched doesn’t quite cover the mess (they accidentally steal $43 million rather than $3 million), they find themselves on the run from the mob, their own agents and the law. Though the law doesn’t really feature too much in all this.
Pretty much everybody in 2 Guns is a crook one way or another. Fred Ward makes a welcome return to my consciousness as the dodgy Admiral Tuwey (bad guy pretending to be a good guy), James Marsden is Quince (clearly bad guy sort of pretending to be a good guy), Bill Paxton shows up in a great country and western outfit as a decidedly dodgy CIA man and Edward James Olmos plays probably one of the more honest men as mobster Papi Greco. Throw in Denzel Washington as Bobby Trench and Mark Wahlberg as Michael ‘Stig’ Stigman and you have a pretty impressive cast. Paula Patton plays the only female role of any note and to be honest, isn’t given a massive amount to do.
2 Guns isn’t going to win any awards but I had an absolute blast watching it. It’s overly complicated and a little too casually brutal but on the whole it manages to tread the comedy / violence line pretty well. Think Lethal Weapon, but maybe part 2 or part 3, it’s not as good as the first one.
Washington and Wahlberg have exactly the right bantery chemistry required, though neither particularly bring much gravitas to the roles, this is a film that will always go with the quip rather than anything particularly insightful. It’s great to see Paxton out and about again, giving a classic grease-ball performance as the completely amoral CIA agent.
It’s highly unlikely that 2 Guns is going to knock you out of your seat and I think I watched it under exactly the right circumstances; with an appreciative Saturday night multiplex crowd and a few beers worse off. It’s consistently funny, frenetic and doesn’t overstay its welcome. I suspect 3 Guns will not be too far away.
Check out the trailer here.