2 Guns

You’ll be happy to know that 2 Guns is as fun as it looks. If you haven’t seen it and are looking for a good, harmless action flick, this is what you’re looking for.

You’re going to like 2 Guns if you enjoyed:
Lethal Weapon
Beverly Hills Cop
White House Down
21 Jump Street

This flick is pretty violent. You’ll like it, though, if you are a fan of solid and not overly serious action movies. The plot is intricate enough to keep the interest and the acting is, of course from these two, charming.

Here’s a trailer:

The deets:

Released August 2, 2013

Written by Blake Masters, based on the graphic novels by Steven Grant

Directed by Baltasar Kormakur

Starring Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg, Paula Patton, Bill Paxton, Edward James Olmos, James Marsters, and Fred Ward

Rated: R

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Story

Bobby (Washington) and Stig (Wahlberg) are working together to get a lot of money into their grubby hands. What neither of them knows is that the other is an agent of the government. Bobby’s a DEA agent and Stig’s Special Forces. They join up to rob a bank, but when they end up with way more money than they expected, it becomes clear that they’ve bitten off more than either one can chew.

When Stig’s boss, Quince (Marsters), suddenly turns on Stig, Stig has to try to stay alive while going on the run. Then Bobby’s people turn on him and Stig and Bobby are forced to team up to try to keep away from what seems like four groups of baddies coming after them.

Critique

The dialogue of 2 Guns has been very well crafted to provide Washington and Wahlberg ample opportunity to play off each other and keep things entertaining. We want our buddy cop movies to provide lots of opportunities for the two people in question to be pushed apart by their dislike of each other but be forced to work together. This dynamic is very well crafted, making this movie all kinds of fun.

Added to the excellent dialogue and performances is a solid plot, weaving corrupt government agents, drug bosses, and our heroes into all kinds of plots and conflicts that keep the action moving along at a steady clip. The set pieces don’t try to outdo other action movies in their spectacularness, but instead they are clever and fun.

2 Guns is fine entertainment that action movie lovers will enjoy.

Content warnings: Plenty of explosive violence, salty language, and a scene of female nudity.

Writing: 4          Acting: 4.5          Overall: 4.5

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About jared

Jared Garrett works as a writer, the manager of a program development department in the corporate world, and an instructional designer. He is a family man with an adorable, fun, and way-too-smart wife, six silly kids, a new house with an overgrown back yard, seven fish, and a bunch of chickens. He has written fiction, user manuals, SEO copy, radio scripts and textbooks and has won first place in the Mayhew writing contest at BYU and received honorable mention in the Writers of the Future contest. He lives at the foot of the Wasatch Mountains and is currently seeking representation for his myriad completed novels.
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