Netflix UK film review: 2 Guns
Some kind of way out of here9
Chris Bryant | On 14, Dec 2013Reading time: 2 mins
Director: Baltasar Kormákur
Cast: Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg, Paula Patton, Bill Paxton
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The trailer for 2 Guns features Devlin’s cover of Watchtower, featuring soundtrack regular Ed Sheeran. Just as it climaxes, the soft vocals calmly deliver: “There must be some kind of way out of here, said the joker to the thief.” In terms of the film, truer words cannot be spoken.
Based on a series of graphic novels, Baltasar Kormakur’s film stars the cooler-than-cooler-than-cool Denzel Washington as undercover DEA Agent Bobby Beans, the guy who knows a guy, and Mark Wahlberg, as a sharp-shooting Special Forces operative. Unaware of their respective allegiances, both set up the other in a drug cartel-debilitating bank robbery. When the $3 million haul turns out to be $43 million, the agents begin asking questions, shooting bad guys and shooting each other. A few sniper rifles, silenced pistols, and a ’64 Impala later and the action is underway.
In a year where Wahlberg’s action hit should’ve been Michael Bay’s Pain & Gain, the spirit of Bad Boys is certainly present within 2 Guns. Wisecracking, fast-paced dialogue is the film’s crowning jewel, especially when delivered by Washington or Wahlberg. Mismatched cops, forced to work together, nagging and quibbling between the shoot-outs and car chases, 2 Guns even throws in a couple of huge explosions and some nudity to really seal the deal. Evoking Bay’s masterpiece, Kormakur’s movie may be at a loss for realism – and the twist falls a little flat – but the style of the piece certainly earns it a worthy comparison.
At one point in the film, Washington arrives, unfazed by the hoards of bad guys present. It’s here that 2 Guns earns its title: a slow-mo shot of money raining, guns blazing and all sorts of things exploding that must be up there with the best action scenes of 2013.
2 Guns thrives on these kinds of clichés. Sure, the characters make a joke of shooting each other and sure, all female characters are beautiful and often undressed and the bad guys are most certainly greedy and ruthless, but if you’ve got a free Friday night and some friends round, 2 Guns is where the party is. Two undercover agents rob a bank and have to deal with the CIA, DEA, US Navy, a Mexican drug cartel and their clashing personalities – and it could not be any more fun.
Sassy, well-made and cleverly written, 2 Guns nothing more – and nothing less – than a solid action film.
2 Guns is available on Netflix UK, as part of an £8.99 monthly subscription.