2 Guns

2 Guns

2 Guns

Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg star in this old-school actioner about two operatives who infiltrate a major drug ring, neither knowing the other is an undercover federal agent. The pair are forced to team up when their respective agencies disown them. From the director of Contraband.

For the past 12 months, drug enforcement agent Bobby (Washington) and naval intelligence office Marcus (Wahlberg) have been working undercover as members of a narcotics syndicate. Each distrusts the other as much as the crims they plan on taking down. When an attempt to infiltrate a Mexican drug cartel goes bad, their agencies wash their hands of the affair. Both are wanted for arrest or for dead, forcing the pair to work together. Unfortunately for their pursuers, when good guys spend years pretending to be bad, they pick up a few dirty tricks along the way.

2013Rating: MA15+, Strong violence109 minsUSA
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2 Guns / Reviews

Flicks, Tony Stamp

Flicks, Tony Stamp

2 Guns is that rare popcorn flick that succeeds at being fun and breezy, and features just enough twists to entertain without getting too complicated. Denzel Washington employs his usual effortless charisma, and Marky Mark slips into his usual role of  ‘man with muscles who doesn’t emote very well’ with ease. Well, that’s not entirely true - his character here is a smart-ass, a guy who's constantly cracking wise, which he doesn’t completely sell, but isn’t too distracting. It helps that he has Denzel to bounce off, and the banter between them proves to be good value.

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Variety

Variety

Kormakur shows he knows his way around an action movie better than most, keeping the pace quick, the banter lively and the old-school, mostly CGI-free thrills delivering right on schedule.

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Total Film

Total Film

Washington and Wahlberg are an effective double act in an intermittently exciting thriller with more twists than it needs.

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Time Out

Time Out

The headlights are on full beam but the engine is struggling in second gear.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

A slick, slippery thriller that taps into the anarchic playfulness that made the best American action flicks of the 1980s and '90s pop.

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The Dissolve

The Dissolve

Kormákur's directing style seems like a conscious corrective to the disorienting cutting and obvious CGI effects that have come to dominate Hollywood action films.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Charm makes up for ludicrous plotting in twist-heavy crime story.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

This does a serviceable job homaging '80s actioners but not a whole lot more. Go for the explosions, zone out for the plot.

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