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2 Guns Movie Review

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In 2 Guns, Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg star as two men who rob a bank to bring down a Mexican druglord. Simple enough, except for neither man knows the other works for the U.S. government, that the Mexican druglord isn't who he seems and the money belongs to someone much more dangerous. Elaborately entertaining and entertainingly elaborate, 2 Guns doesn't always work, but it's a funny action-comedy nonetheless.

Directed by the misspelling Baltasar Kormákur, 2 Guns is best watched when you're willing to just go along for the ride. The movie is more complex than it needs to be and not nearly as sophisticated as it is complex, but the layers upon layers upon layers upon layers of twists and turns just add to the subtle zaniness of it all, which is exactly the point.

Plot aside, both Washington and Wahlberg are great in their respective roles and even better when playing off one another. Wahlberg is especially entertaining as a gung-ho-idiot-who-is-only-pretending-to-be-an-idiot, but both men have their fair share of funny one liners. Bill Paxton is also terrific as a CIA agent who likes to play Russian roulette.

The action is less consistent, but perfectly suitable for a film that never takes itself too seriously. The movie looks and feels like a gritty action-drama, but people will remember 2 Guns more for the comedy than anything else, even though you can tell the filmmakers wanted it to be more. Some of the twists and turns work better than others, and certain elements - like the Navy cover-up -are swept under the rug for convenience. Paula Patton's character is poorly utilized.

2 Guns isn't perfect, but the pairing of Washington and Wahlberg works wonders for this twisty, turny comedy-thriller.

Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.

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