'2 Guns' Gets the Job Done

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Remember back in March when I talked about being excited to see ‘2 Guns’? Well, I wasn’t let down by the film. ‘2 Guns’ is a buddy action comedy that has its cliches but doesn’t insult its’ audience’s intelligence.

Denzel Washington is Bobby T, or at least that’s his undercover name. He and his crime partner Michael Stigman (Mark Wahlberg) decide to rob a bank that holds Mexican cartel boss Papi Greco’s (Edward James Olmos) 3 million dollars inside. The problem is that neither of them know the other is undercover, pitting DEA against Naval intelligence, until they flee the crime scene with 40 million more than they expected. Unfortunately, once our heroes have the money they realize the only person they can trust is the one that has been living a lie beside them for the past few months.

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With a 43 million and change price tag on their heads, Bobby and Stig have to find out who the money really belongs too. How far does the rabbit hole go? Who’s really pulling the strings? Sounds familiar right? It is familiar, but screenwriter Blake Masters never takes you down the ridiculously obvious path. Each time you think you’re in familiar territory he gives enough of a twist to make things interesting. 

‘2 Guns’ continuously keeps its’ audience asking questions. Most of the time it’s “how are they going to get out of this?”. Regardless, the suspense and wit pushes the story forward in an entertaining manner that some of the bigger budgeted films could have learned from this summer. 

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The chemistry between Washington and Wahlberg is great. Almost as though they spent a few years in high school in the back of the alphabetical line goofing off. The always smooth Washington plays the straight man while Wahlberg is the loud mouth in the pair and it works. So much so, you feel like the laughs kept going on set after director Baltasar Kormakur called cut!

No, this film isn’t original in its set up, but it is well done in execution. The acting is solid and rapport between the leads is palpable.  As we close out the summer and head toward this fall’s Oscar race, ‘2 Guns’ could have easily been a throw away film. Yet it steers away from being forgettable and settles in the holster of smart entertainment.

Rating: B

 

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Kevin Sampson

The fact that Kevin Sampson is not just a film critic, but a writer, producer, and director as well makes his understanding of cinema even better. Coming from a theoretical and hands on approach, he understands both sides of the struggle of viewing and creating great works. After receiving an MFA in Film & Electronic Media from American University in Washington, D.C in 2011, Kevin took his love for film to the next level by creating and producing Picture Lock, an entertainment website, podcast, and hour long film review TV show that runs on Arlington Independent Media’s public access station in Arlington, VA. The show covers new releases, classic films, and interviews with local filmmakers in the DMV area. He is also a member of the Washington DC Area Film Critics Association and African American Film Critics Association. He is currently looking forward to filming his first feature film in the near future. He believes that film is one of the most powerful art forms in the world, and he hopes that he can use the craft to inspire others and make a difference in it.