Starring: Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg, Paula Patton, Bill Paxton, James Marsden
Directed by: Baltasar Kormakur
Running time: 109 minutes
It has finally happened!
I’ve gone to the movies and loved what I watched! Woohoo! Yay for me and all movie lovers!
Well, what was this great film you ask? Well, you wouldn’t ask really because it’s in the title! 2 Guns, is my second diamond in the rough of the year after Olympus Has Fallen. A film not too hyped up but unexpectedly delivered.
This diamond stars the unlikely duo of Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg as two undercover cops from various factions who are set up by their own team. From the very beginning, there are laugh out loud jokes and quick quips from Wahlberg, counteracted by the slickness of the ever pimp-a-licious Washington. Even as the grey hair sets in, there is no way that you can deny that this guy is the epitome of cool. His ever suave demeanour and to the point humour is beautifully partnered with Mark’s less serious approach then we have seen him in in other movies, notably Broken City earlier this year. We knew he could be funny from Ted but I never expected him to be this funny. Although the comedy in the film is constant, it takes nothing away from the action that is well placed and paced. The most unlikely villains come in the form of Bill Paxton and James Marsden (who looks very good in a naval uniform might I add) who execute their roles extremely well, Paxton more so with his Hillbilly accent.
On a negative note (and there has to be one), they are joined by one female co-star in the shape of Paula Patton. Now, I along with everyone else, thinks she’s beautiful, which she is but the girl is as transparent as glass. She can’t act. I’m sorry (I’m not) but she can’t act. She’s too obvious and expressive and because she’s so well spoken when she tries to swear or be “street” it sounds wrong and doesn’t make you believe it. You’re an actress! Lie to me damn it! Lol In all honesty, that was probably my only hang up about the film. Sounds a bit bitter to trash the only other girl in the film right but it can’t be helped I’m afraid!
Now, there are some who feel that the buddy cop genre has been played out and they’d probably be right, but in this case, the chemistry isn’t forced. Before I started to write this, I hadn’t considered that it was a buddy cop movie. Sure, that’s the genre box I can now see it being slot in, but there is something more fun and not so obvious about the two of these guys together.
2 Guns is an enjoyable comedy-action-thriller that doesn’t focus too much on gore and nastiness, and instead the courageously funny relationship between two misfits who are more alike than they would like to believe, they are after all “peoples.” Watch it and you’ll understand 😀