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About the Movie
Academy Award® winner Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg lead an all-star cast in the explosive action hit 2 Guns. When an attempt to take down a drug cartel blows up in their faces, two undercover operatives are forced to go on the run together, though neither knows that the other is a federal agent. Suddenly, everyone on both sides of the law wants them dead, and their only hope is to trust each other. Filled with non-stop action and suspense, critics are raving “Washington and Wahlberg are at their very best.” – Pete Hammond, Movieline
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 177
- Fresh: 113
- Rotten: 64
- Average Rating: 6.0/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Mark Wahlberg reunites with Contraband director Baltasar Kormakur for an action movie that's even more cynical and sadistic than its predecessor.
Fresh: The biggest guns this action flick brandishes are stars Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg who have very different acting styles that work surprisingly well together.
Fresh: That a movie this fleet and lean succumbs to action-blockbuster bloat in the home stretch is both disappointing and predictable, although the director deserves credit for keeping the climactic shootouts slick and spatially coherent.
Rotten: Like the Eighties never went away.
I had high hopes for this movie, but it turned out to be a big disappointment. Now 2 Guns wasn't awful, but I just found it very boring. The characters and story were not very interesting. There's not even any good action in the movie either. The movie only relies only on the charisma of Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg which really isn't all that likable to be quite honest. Unless your a huge fan of the actors I doubt you would enjoy this movie. Rent it if you must, but it's not worth buying.
A SOLID ACTION FLICK, BUT NOT QUITE A MUST-SEE
Ever wanted to see Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg team up and shoot up bad guys side by side in an over-the-top action romp? Well, you needn't look any further, because "2 Guns" definitely has all of that to offer, but not really much else. Don't get me wrong. This isn't a bad film by any means, but aside from some slick cinematography, thrilling action sequences, and enjoyable comic interplay between the two stars, there's nothing here that we haven't seen before. Still, for a mindless cinematic diversion, it's a pretty fun ride. The plot is basically about an undercover DEA agent (Washington) who robs a bank with the help of another operative (Wahlberg) who's also undercover. But neither one of them knows the other's real identity, leading to a manic series of double-crosses and perilous scrapes for our two heroes. What this entire movie gets terrifically right, of course, is the pairing of its two lead stars. Washington and Wahlberg's hysterical back-and-forth dialogue is pretty much spot-on, and their buddy chemistry is entertaining enough to make the story solidly watchable from start to finish. Speaking of which, I'd mainly be lying if I said the plot was thoroughly engaging. The script is packed with so many bland characters, including a drug kingpin (Edward James Olmos), a suave killer (Bill Paxton), and an attractive but mostly forgettable female lead (Paula Patton), that the film hardly knows what to do with them all. Are the performances enjoyable? Of course, but I feel like they would've been more satisfying to watch if the screenplay had been better polished. As for the hyper-violent action scenes that take up a considerable chunk of the film's main run time, they're definitely fun and fast-paced, but I wouldn't call them mind-blowing. If anything, they're pleasingly old-fashioned and a bit too overly nonsensical, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. At least the good manages to outweigh all the bad (for the most part). Overall, "2 Guns" is an energetic and solidly paced action-comedy with thrills and witty laughs to spare, and while it may not be the most consistently memorable thriller you're likely to see anytime soon, it's still gratuitously violent and utterly ridiculous enough to satisfy any big action fan's cravings. Couple that with a series of fun performances led by Denzel and Mark, and it's at least worth a single rent.
Really. Nobody went to see this flop in the theaters at $8.00, but somehow you think people are going to buy it on iTunes for $14.99, only to have it junk up their iCloud for the remainder of their lives. Somebody is smoking some weed.
P.S. This also goes for several thousand other movie titles on iTunes with no rental option.