HOLLYWOOD—Seeing the trailer to “2 Guns” starring Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington as co-stars did not sell me. Washington is not known for doing comedy, which is the perception that is presented to audiences from the countless trailers and TV spots. While the actor has expressed an interest in doing comedy, this is one picture that doesn’t work well in my opinion. It’s that action buddy flick, similar to “Beverly Hills Cop” or “Lethal Weapon.”
People forced to work together, who aren’t quite fans of one another, hence Wahlberg’s character Marcus Stigman, a Navy Seal who believes he has been set-up by DEA Agent Bobby Trench (Washington). There are indeed some funny moments between the two actors whose mere presence creates chaos. The chemistry between the two actors work, and at times it appears a bit contrived. It’s not the best cop-pairings in my opinion.
Both characters suspect the other as being involved in a scheme to steal millions from the mob, but when they discover that they’ve been set-up by the CIA they are forced to work with each other to bring down the real culprit. Paula Patton shows up as Deb, a flame ofWashington’s that is his kryptonite. This is the second time the duo has worked together; previously they starred in the action-thriller “Déjà Vu.”Bill Paxton delivers a villainous turn as Earl, the man who holds Deb hostage until he gets his money from the agents.
What makes “2 Guns” a compelling picture is the fact that the audience has no idea what will happen. The picture is a mystery, as much as an action-comedy. Just when you suspect that you know a character a curve-ball comes out of left field to stun the audience. The twists are not as thought out, as one should expect and may have the viewers saying, “Really?” If you’re walking into the multiplex expecting tons of gunfire and excessive explosions, that expectation will exceed what one suspects. Throw in a few chuckles and a few thrills and you have a combination that is a satisfying trip to the multiplex.
By LaDale Anderson