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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining buddy movie and action flick, August 2, 2013
This review is from: 2 Guns (DVD)
"2 Guns" (2013 release; 109 min.) reunites director Baltasar Kormákur with Mark Wahlberg (they previously teamed up on another enjoyable crime action movie called "Contraband"), and for good measure Denzel Washington is brought along to co-star. The plot is pretty convoluted, and I don't spoil anything when I simply say that you shouldn't accept anyone being who they say they are. Apart from that, everyone is chasing $41.125 million in drug money.

Several comments: first, once in a while I need to see a great action movie, and this one certainly lives up to its billing. As the movie opens we see the characters played by Washington and Wahlberg observing a bank which they've decided to rob, from across the street in a diner. Some funny back-and-forth banter between the two ensues but before you know it we are in the middle of the hold-up, and its aftermath. Second, almost more important than the actual plot is the writing of the movie. The script is sharp from that perspective, with lots of funny exchanges between the main characters. Third, the chemistry between Washington and Wahlberg is palpable, and carries much of the movie. Seems like these guys are enjoying themselves, so why wouldn't we enjoy ourselves too while watching the movie. Fourth, there are a number of smaller roles that nevertheless add a nice touch to the movie, in particular Edward James Olmos as the Mexican drug lord (made to look incredibly old for this role, which was also the case in that other recent movie he starred in, "Filly Brown"), and even more so drop-dead gorgeous Paula Patton (a/k/a Mrs. Robin Thicke) as Washington's friend-with-benefits.

Bottom line: I really enjoyed this movie quite a bit, even more than I had expected/hoped for. I couldn't believe when the final scene came around, I mean time had simply flown by! The movie's ending incidentally would seem to open the door wide for a sequel (assuming this does well at the box office), so we may well be looking at "3 Guns" or "2 Guns More" in a year or two. The screening where I saw this at here in Cincinnati today was quite well attended for a late matinee, and it seemed like the crowd was enjoying it as much as I was. No, this isn't going to win any Oscars, but if you are in the mood for a fast-paced buddy movie with great action scenes, you will almost certainly enjoy "2 Guns".
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Initial post: Feb 22, 2015 5:31:09 PM PST
That "A.K.A. Mrs. Robin Thicke" comment wasn't necessary to mention hen talking about the movie. Pretty corny. They aren't together anymore anyway, & so that comment is now out of date & irrelevant to your previous , current & ongoing review so you should edit & update it. They have since broken up or haven't you noticed?
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