Tuesday, 17 September 2013
Allow me to preface this review by saying that 2 Guns is not really the type of movie I would normally rush to see, but following a dry spell of more than 10 days without seeing a film at the cinema, I decided to give it the benefit of the doubt.
The story centers on Robert 'Bobby' Trench (Denzel Washington) and his partner in crime Michael 'Stig' Stigman (Mark Wahlberg). We open on their discussion of how best to rob a bank, and the sound advice that you should never rob a bank opposite a diner that sells the best donuts in town. After they set fire to the diner, making the bank they have their eye on an easy target, they set about relieving the bank of it's $3 million, only to discover it actually holds $43 million. There's also a double cross or two but probably not in the way you're expecting.
My cinema buddy and I were both pleasantly surprised by 2 Guns. It does exactly what it sets out to do, it's entertaining, funny in places and has more action than you can shake a stick at. It doesn't pretend to be anything it's not.
The acting might not blow you away but the explosions sure will, and you'll no doubt enjoy the interaction between Washington and Wahlberg, a twosome I wasn't sure would work from the outset but which I enjoyed immensely. And for those inclined, I will say that Paula Patton is a beautiful lady. And just leave it at that. The nice thing about the movie is that there's enough plot so that even those who are unfazed by the action and the pretty people will still be entertained.
If you like action movies, buddy cop type comedies and big names with big guns, you're sure to like this movie. A not too shabby 7 out of 10.
Viewing Date - 18th August 2013
UK Release Date - 16th August 2013
Robert 'Bobby' Trench ~ Denzel Washington
Michael 'Stig' Stigman ~ Mark Wahlberg
Deb ~ Paula Patton
Earl ~ Bill Paxton
Admiral Tuwey ~ Fred Ward
Quince ~ James Marsden
Papi Greco ~ Edward James Olmos
Director ~ Baltasar Kormákur
Writer(s) ~ Blake Masters (Screenplay) and Steven Grant (based on his Boom! Studios graphic novels)