Movie Review: 2 Guns

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This review also appears on Movie Blogbuster.

When it comes to action movies, I tend to go in without any expectations, mostly because I like a good story and many in the genre lack this. 2 Guns is no exception. It’s about a couple of guys and Trench and Stig (played by Denzel Washington and Mark Walhberg respectively) who plan to rob a sleepy small-town bank of $3 million dollars.

Like in all my reviews, I try not to give too much of the plot away, but there’s more to these two than meets the eye and that’s the first twist to the movie. The plot thickens when Trench is framed and Stig is on the run for his life. But then halfway through- once the grand scheme is revealed- the story quickly goes downhill. It’s a pretty far fetched conspiracy theory with a weak execution. The only female lead of sorts, Agent Deb Rees- played by the gorgeous Paula Patton- is nothing more but a pretty face with a role that didn’t really add to the story. She presented an unnecessary twist to the plot that I guess the writers quickly realized and decided to kill off. Pity, really. The format of the film started off pretty cool though (back and forth in the story timeline), but didn’t continue, which I also thought was a shame because it could’ve helped the weak storyline. The humor and dialog between Denzel Washington and Mark Walhberg make up for all of the story weaknesses though as they’re both very talented and gave me a lot to laugh about. They should do more movies together!

This is not a serious action movie by any means. It’s almost like Pulp Fiction (if it wasn’t written or directed by Quentin Tarantino) meets The Boondock Saints- I’m a fan of both those movies, but together they make a weak combo.

Rating: Drugs, money, guns, explosions, and witty dialog- it’s an entertaining watch. I give it 3.5 out of 5.

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