Bullet Points: 2 Guns
I guess it should come as no surprise that my Bulletproof Action colleague, Chad Cruise, did not choose to review a Mark Wahlberg film yesterday in honor of Mark’s birthday. I say it is no surprise because Chad has gone on record as saying he’d rather have diarrhea for a week than review a Mark Wahlberg movie.
I personally have nothing against Mark Wahlberg, so I decided to check out the 2013 movie, 2 Guns.
- In The Beginning: The movie starts with Stigs (Mark Wahlberg) and Bobby (Denzel Washington) at a diner across the street from a bank. We quickly learn that this duo plans on robbing that bank… but you never rob a bank across from a diner with the best donuts in three counties. So a convenient “grease fire” starts up and our duo has eliminate the diner with the best donuts in three counties. So you start the movie thinking it is about two criminals who want to pull a bank job.
- Peeling Back the Onion: As the movie progresses we learn that Bobby is actually an undercover agent with the DEA, who believes Stigs is actually a criminal and is merely using him to help take down a drug lord by the name of Papi Greco (Edward James Olmos of Miami Vice fame). But Stigs is actually on an undercover assignment himself with the United States Navy. The assignment is also to take down Papi Greco and Stigs believes that Bobby is an actual criminal that he is using to help accomplish his mission. 2 Guns is filled with these types of twists and turns and the line between enemies and friends is blurred through out.
- All-Star Cast: Aside from the two stars of the film and the aforementioned Edward James Olmos, the movie has the lovely Paul Patton as a fellow DEA agent and love interest of Bobby. You may remember Patton from Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and another Denzel action flick, Deja Vu. James Marsden plays one of Stigs fellow Naval officers. The one and the only Fred Ward also has a small role in the film as an Admiral. I’m a huge fan of Fred Ward’s work in Remo Williams and Timerider, so seeing him pop up in 2 Guns was a pleasant surprise. But the real show stealer in this one is Bill Paxton. Paxton is great in his role as Earl, a CIA agent that is in cahoots with Papi Greco and a man who should be feared. Earl takes a cut of Greco’s drug business and deposits millions of those dirty drug dollars (in the neighborhood of 43 million) in the very bank that Stigs and Bobby rob.
- Demolition Derby: The best action sequence in the movie takes place after both Bobby and Stigs have gone their separate ways after the bank robbery and both have the idea to confront Papi Greco as to who the money belongs to. This leads to a truck chase, that at times resembles a demolition derby, evolves into a game of chicken and eventually turns into a fist fight/knock down drag out between Bobby and Stigs.
I thought 2 Guns was a quality action film. For those of you wondering, Mark Wahlberg’s character is not from Boston, nor do you ever get the sense he is. Wahlberg and Denzel had solid chemistry and that is a huge factor in a movie like 2 Guns. As I mentioned before, the movie keeps you guessing. Who can Bobby trust? Who can Stigs trust? Can they trust one another?
The action is there to forward the story, there’s not really any action for the sake of action. The movie does clock in at just under two hours, but it moves pretty quickly for having equal parts story/action. I would recommend this movie to anyone who does not hold a grudge against any of the stars of the film.
Here’s a few more 2 Guns Bullet Points…
- If You Ever: …wanted to see Paula Patton’s boobs then 2 Guns is the movie for you!
- Buddy Film Exchange: “Waitresses like me.” – Stigs “Nobody likes you.” – Bobby
- Graphic Action: The movie is based on the graphic novel of the same name put out by Boom! Studios. I have to admit, I had never heard of the 2 Guns comic book or Boom! Studios for that matter. But my days of comic books are long gone, but not as far gone as the guy who can tell you in his day comics only cost a nickel.
- Hang On: If you are a fan of torture and/or interrogations, you’ll get some of that with 2 Guns. If that’s not enough… you’ll also get a severed head in a bowling bag and chickens getting their heads shot off.