Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg are two of my favorite actors. If I see one of them will be in a movie, I’m pretty much on board. Granted, that decision doesn’t work out all the time in the case of The Happening and The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3. However, I’m usually willing to take the risk with both actors. Then I saw they were going to be in the same movie. Then you add guns (2 apparently). In my mind, that’s a must-see movie.
My expectations going into the film were simple. As long as Washington and Wahlberg worked well together and 2 Guns provided decent action sequences, I’d be happy. Plot didn’t particularly matter to me, although it would have been an added bonus. 2 Guns did that and nothing more, but again, especially as a male, that’s all I needed.
The chemistry created from the film’s leading actors completely carried the full wait of 2 Guns. Washington and Wahlberg were hilarious and fun to watch interact. Couple that with car chases, bank robberies and shootouts and 2 Guns already had a winning formula.
Despite its great foundation, 2 Guns failed to build off its star power. The plot was weak. It felt thrown together and implausible. Bill Paxton is never the right choice to ever act in a movie so he obviously didn’t do it for me as the main villain.
I’ll draw a comparison to Unstoppable, where Washington starred alongside Chris Pine. Again this duo carried the film, but it had a lot of quality to back up their performances. I had no interest in the 2 Guns storyline, so its creators are lucky the dynamic duo signed up for the project.
THE BOTTOM LINE: The performances of Washington and Wahlberg propel 2 Guns to a watchable level. Yes, I enjoyed it. Yes, I would recommend it, but don’t expect a compelling plot.
I’ll give 2 Guns 3 out of 5 cups.
As of Aug. 14, 2 Guns made a domestic total of approximately $52 million versus a production budget of $61 million, according to Box Office Mojo.
To see the movie trailer for 2 Guns, click here.