2 Guns (2013)

2 Guns (2013)
  • Time: 109 min
  • Genre: Action | Comedy | Crime
  • Director: Baltasar Kormákur
  • Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Denzel Washington, Paula Patton


Robert Trench, an undercover DEA agent, takes advantage of gunman Michael Stigman’s idea to rob a bank to bust him and a mob boss. However, it proves too successful with much more money seized than anticipated with Trench’s forces not stopping the getaway. Complicating things still more, Stigman turns out to be a Naval Intelligence agent who shoots Trench and takes the money. The interservice debacle suddenly finds Trench and Stigman in a bloody web of corrupt clandestine rivalries as they are hunted, blackmailed and isolated for the money on both sides of the law. Now, the fugitives must work together to find a way out of this situation with no one to turn to but themselves.


  • zack-elliott

    I thought that this film was great. Definitely worth a watch or even a couple of watches. Both Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg are superb in this, both giving the comedy factor throughout.

    The film starts with the action from the very beginning and doesn’t stop until the end, keeping the viewers entertained throughout.

    Denzel Washington has his serious side with a little comedy, while Mark Wahlberg has his hilarious side, with a little seriousness. this plays out well and both actors work well together in this film.

    8/10, Great watch, would definitely watch again and possibly even buy the DVD/Blu-Ray.

  • Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg team up in a brilliant action packed movie. The chemistry between these guys was immense, you can tell they had a great time making the movie. This film’s trailer was great and the worry that it showed everything, as is common these days, was unfounded; the film had lots more to offer, wasn’t too predictable although not entirely original, and was funny, exciting, full of great action and stunts and with a few twists and turns – or at least back and forths. “2 Guns” is a typical buddy buddy movie but one of fun!

  • “You’re my people and we have a code. You fight for the guy that’s fighting next to you.”

    What supposed to be an action/comedy, turned out to be a boring somnolent movie. The “somnolent” part is meant literally. It took me two sessions to watch it because I fell asleep somewhere in the middle. The movie was “THAT” intriguing. It’s an exhausting movie with a relatively chaotic story.

    The action was limited to a very uninspired gunfight at the end of the film. I had little hope that the fierce-looking bull would work out his frustration on Papi Greco. Unfortunately, this was not the case. We surely would get some beautiful images then. The rest of the action is just some boys bragging.

    Now let’s talk about the humor. Was there any humor anyway ? My granddad’s humor was far more better than what the two men exhibited here. And my grandfather’s humor was not more then the “pull my finger” joke. This movie was no more than a crossfire of one-liners. It was a constant competition between the two of them to come up with the coolest one-liner. Even in a hopeless situation where they hang upside down, they still try to be funny at that ultimate last minute. Bruce Willis did this trick many years ago in the first “Die Hard” films, but he “WAS” funny.

    Denzel was a real bad ass. He has the perfect looks and feelings for someone like that. It seemed as if he just walked of the set of “Training Day” or “Safe house”. If you look at Washington’s career, you know in advance that he’s going to perform in a very solid way and he’s someone who can bring a movie to a higher level. Well it didn’t help much in this movie.

    Wahlberg on the other hand, doesn’t have the mentality to look like a tough guy you don’t want to get in trouble with. With his toothpaste smile and his angels face he’s rather a smooth guy who makes women faint. He always reminds me of a snobbish pretentious pushful man. This movie resembles “Pain & Gain” where he also plays a would-be action figure. The latter movie wasn’t my taste either. I rather see him play a part like he did in “Contraband”.Paula Patton tried to make it a bit more interesting with some functional nudity, but that was to late.

    Since it’s an adaptation of a comic book , the story is not profound and sometimes unreal naive. The fact that the two men operate along each other without them knowing they both work undercover, could have given this movie an interesting touch. Eventually, it worked more on my nerves than anything else. The story then proceeds in a highly creative way : both men plan a bank robbery to screw a mob boss, only to find out that they stole money from the CIA. The result of it all is that they got chased by an extremely perfectionist gang. By the way, I thought that Earl, the important person of the CIA, was quite a psychopathic cruel little man who continuously tortured everybody to get that money back. We end with a bang and swirling dollar bills. And you already know it’s not the full amount that flies in the air. Not very original !

    The best and the most funny moment in the whole film was the shooting of the chickens (All Greenpeace members in Europe will be perplexed,dazed and upset). At that time, Wahlberg was at its best. Unfortunately, only that brief moment.


  • If I had the power to rename the film 2 Guns, I’d change it to “2000 Guns”. Every single frame is filled to the brim with them (all kinds too). Not only are the weapons in this flick used to kill people (obviously), they’re also used for good old fashioned torture. Yeah, 2 Guns is a so called action comedy and it’s completely out of control. As I viewed this bullet ridden, macho laden, testosterone filled, bloated mess of an exercise, I started to try and keep track of certain things. However, I lost count. I couldn’t tell you how many times someone pointed a gun at someone else (complete with nasty threats too) and I couldn’t for the life of me, keep track of how many times a character said, “where’s the money?” or “where’s my money?” Added to that, I also had my head spinning trying to keep track of how many times the main characters weaseled their way of trouble or certain death (I’m thinking a handful of Mexican standoffs went down during all this). So OK, one word basically describes 2 Guns: preposterous. It has a plot that is so muddled and so unbelievably elaborate at the same time. It has your standard buddy action cliches that run rampant all throughout. And it has the leads, Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg trying to reinvent a now tired genre. They have a small amount of screen chemistry but to be frank, we’ve seen it all before. And it has been done better countless times over.

    With three different sets of villains and virtually no one to trust (no one is safe in this film and the police are hardly anywhere to be found), 2 Guns tells the story of an undercover (possibly former) Naval Intelligence Officer (Michael Stigman played by Mark Wahlberg) and an undercover DEA agent (Robert Trench played by Denzel Washington with his typical flair) who pose as criminals (whatever) and rob a bank for two different reasons. Stigman is trying to get reinstated as an officer by deliver the money to his commanding superiors. This is to be done so that the Navy can illegally contribute to fund certain covert operations. Denzel’s character, well he has to acquire the loot so he can have enough evidence to prosecute drug lord Papi Greco (Edward James Olmos) for money laundering (you have to view this movie in order for it to make sense and I would advise against viewing 2 Guns in general). This sets off a chain of events when the robbery goes afoul and Stigman and Trench blow their cover (not to the bad guys mind you, but to each other). Here’s the part of 2 Guns that really turns me off. The subsequent heroes that you’re supposed to root for (Stigman and Trench) become more unlikable as the film glides by. By the end, you want them to be put in jail because they become almost as cold and ruthless as everyone else.

    To sum things up, there’s no real reason to see this film unless you’re a Denzel Washington fan. He’s still the coolest dude in the room no matter what (he’s even got a cool walk that is displayed in all his other movies. It’s still cool, trust me.). Wahlberg, well he’s popping up in everything these days and his outright screen presence is beginning to annoy me. He needs to be a little pickier about his projects. On a slightly more positive note, I do suppose the film’s eye candy, Paula Patton, might become a big star one day. And maybe it was fun to see Edward James Olmos and Bill Paxton take on villainous roles (Paxton overdoes it though as a ruthless bank owner with a painfully, tired southern accent). But all in all, 2 Guns is “too much.” It’s not quite original enough to wow you (despite the endless pyrotechnics) and it’s too mean spirited for you to care about anyone involved. In the first half of the film, “Stig” (Wahlberg) says to Bobby (Washington), “did you miss me?” For me, that wouldn’t be a difficult question to answer. Do I miss the good old days when buddy action movies mattered? Yes. Will I ever miss this flashy mash up of overindulgence? No way.

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