Starring: Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg, Paula Patton, Bill Paxton, James Marsden, Edward James Olmos
Directed by: Baltasar Kormakur
Run Time: 109 mins
Genre: Action/ Comedy/ Crime
Opens August 2nd
By Lisa Minzey of The Reel Critic.com
Hey Phoenix Film Fans! New in theaters this week is the crime/ comedy "2 Guns" starring Denzel Washington and Mark Walhbergh. How does the duo fare are partners in crime? Read on to find out.
Dealing with shady people is an extremely lucrative business. Partners Bobby Trench (Denzel Washington) and Michael "Stig" Stigman (Mark Wahlberg) find themselves in a bit of a pickle. They have just paid a visit to Mexican drug lord Papi Greco (Edward James Olmos) and were stiffed n $100,000 worth of cocaine. Their contact to the cartel has been put down, and with nowhere to turn for their supplier, they decide to get revenge on Papi. Bobby and Stig end up robbing a bank where Papi is believed to have over $3 million dollars stashed away in a security deposit box. What they walk away with is over to $40 million dollars, so where did Papi get all that cash?
Ironically, Bobby works for the DEA and Stig works for a Black Ops division in the US Navy, each not knowing the other man's identity. When the money ends up in the wrong side's hands, then do they find out that they money stolen was actually the C.I.A.'s courtesy of the amazing interpersonal skills of Special Agent Earl (Bill Paxton). Now with several interest parties vying for that cold hard cash, Bobby and Stig find themselves pawns in a deadly game of cat vs. mouse, but who will walk away the victor with the least amount of bodies in their wake?
When it’s an action comedy, Mark Wahlberg really shines. The pairing of Denzel Washington and Wahlberg is a brilliant chemistry of wit, sarcasm, brain and brawn giving the audience a reason to root for these two slightly crooked characters. In a story like this, where each character is a magnification of psychotic personified, each actor shines with his or her given role where one is not upstaging the other (too much), but blends together for this maniacal symphony of immoral entertainment. Highly entertaining, every character is not whom you think, the dialogue zings just as fast as the bullets fly and the action sequences are just as high powered. One of the better law enforcement buddy comedies in recent memory, “2 Guns” is a definite must see in theaters when it opens nationwide starting Friday August 2,2013