2 Guns is a run-of-the-mill action movie featuring Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington. It follows a DEA agent and a naval intelligence officer as they are duped into stealing 43 million dollars, and their subsequent buddy-cop escapades to get out of it.
The movie is a massive disappointment. From the characters to the storyline, and from the action to the humour, all of it falls flat. As always, you can’t fault Denzel nor Mark for their performances. Evermore the pure professionals, they do the best they can with what they have, which unfortunately isn’t much. Their characters are non-dimensional, and their motivations for doing whatever they do during this movie seem poorly tacked on afterthoughts in the script.
None of these points matter if the action is good. Although certainly not my preference, action-movies tend to be light on the intelligence, but high on the adrenaline. And they’re still good. 2 Guns however, is neither. The action seems stale and derivative.
As is usually the case with mediocre movies, the trailer is not at all representative of the actual movie. In hindsight the trailer is actually hilarious in its blatant twisting of events, scenes, and dialogue. And not in the usual way where they need to get the synopsis of the movie across efficiently. I mean in the way where they flagrantly change the entire plot of the movie to make it seem better than it is. I would watch the movie being pitched in the trailer! The one I saw was distinctly different.
This is one of those movies that people describe as being “fun if you just turn your mind off and enjoy”. If that sounds good to you, then please go enjoy this movie. But if you, like me, feel entertainment inherently involves some form of synaptic activity, feel free to pass on this movie.