“You never heard the saying, never rob a bank across from a diner with the best donuts in three counties?”
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So this is my first review and the first movie on the list, 2 Guns, based on the comic book by the same name published by Boom! Studios. Here goes…
Firstly, and no bad thing, Kormakur has clearly watched old buddy action/comedies such as lethal weapon and 48hrs. This movies style is a throwback to those 80’s flicks where you could turn your brain off and just eat popcorn. Lets be honest: the plot is pretty much nonsense. But….it doesn’t matter.
The plot centres around two criminals, Bobby and Stig (Washington and Wahlberg) who (unbeknownst to each other) also happen to be undercover cops (One for the DEA and one for the Navy). They rob a mobster, but soon realise they have been set up as there is far too much money, which actually belongs to the CIA…..and they want it back. Enter agent Earl (played perfectly by Bill Paxton) the sadistic CIA agent. There are double crosses, triple crosses and a corruption subplot too. The movie revels in the silliness and invites you along for the ride.
The two leads play off of each other perfectly. It seems like every day on set was a riot, and the two are as dependable as ever. Kormakur previously directed Wahlberg in ‘Contraband’. Patton is great as Earl every time he is on the screen, which should have been a bit more in my opinion. Paula Patton plays Bobby’s DEA agent girlfriend, but she isn’t given much to do besides a bit of exposition and some gratuitous nudity.
The set pieces are impressive if sometimes cliched (walking away in slow motion, back to the explosion) but that’s kind of the whole point in a movie that doesn’t ever take itself that seriously.
I like this movie quite a lot. I’ve seen it before starting this list and it was fun watching it again. Having said that, and with the fact the movie revels in its silliness, there is a scarce amount of actual comedy, and the fun is instead in watching the leads give the script their personal touch. To be honest, I get the feeling that this is one of those movies where the actors make the movie way better than it should have been. There are moments in the film where the exchanges between the characters aren’t that effective, but it gets through those on the actors charm.
Overall, I would definitely say this movie is worth a watch. Drops off in a couple of places, but it certainly does what it sets out to do, and that is be as over the top as the comic, and be a fun popcorn flick that you can relax to without really paying much attention to the ‘why’ of the action.
movie info from wikipedia:
|Directed by||Baltasar Kormákur|
|Screenplay by||Blake Masters|
|Based on||2 Guns
by Steven Grant
|Music by||Clinton Shorter|
|Edited by||Michael Tronick|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|Box office||$131.9 million|
So, I hope you liked my first review. Let me know in the comments if you agree or disagree!