Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington team up in this preposterous, yet fun heist/buddy movie.
It’s chock full of unbelievable and outright silly plot points, yet the charisma and camaraderie on display make it an enjoyable effort.
When undercover DEA Agent Bobby Trench (Denzel Washington) fails to get the goods on a cartel leader named Papi Greco (Edward James Olmos), he becomes open to an idea pitched to him by a criminal associate of his, “Stig” Stigman (Mark Wahlberg). Stig proposes that the two of them rob the bank where Greco keeps his money. Stigman is out for the cash, but Trench rationalizes that the money could unravel things for Greco and potentially lead to criminal charges. Unbeknownst to Trench, however, Stigman is actually a Naval Intelligence Officer on an undercover mission, out to confiscate the money for his own team.
Of course, neither of them have the full picture of what’s going on, and both of them have been double crossed. There’s much more money in the safety deposit boxes in the bank than they counted on, and the duo immediately realize that it’s not just Papi Greco storing his cash there. The two of them turn on each other before trying to figure out who set them up, but before long they realize they’re in way over their heads, and will need to team back up if they hope to shoot their way out of the mess they’re in…
“2 Guns” is one of those slick movies where everyone constantly double crosses each other and a new twist comes every other minute. Not that any of the twists are surprising, but they certainly are plentiful. The DEA, the cartel, the Navy, the CIA, they all have parts to play in this movie version of three card monte. Its a thin, silly, implausible game of who’s after who and who’s behind what, but at least they keep everything fast paced and light. At least they don’t leave you much time to say “C’mon…”
With that said, it still winds up an enjoyable watch for two simple reasons: Wahlberg and Washington. These two didn’t get to be big name stars for nothing, they’re both charismatic entertainers who are fun to watch onscreen. They certainly seemed to enjoy working together, too, as the camaraderie between them not only resonates with the audience, but carries the movie. Wahlberg is a fast talking, cocky punk, and Denzel is a grizzled vet who all but delivers the “I’m too old for this shit” line. Together they make for a very entertaining and sometimes comedic pairing that turns “2 Guns” into something worth watching.
It certainly wont be anything I ever buy on Blu, it’s not something that I’m in any rush to see again. But I definitely did find it entertaining enough as it was playing.