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Saturday, March 30, 2013

Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg are Two Feds on the Run in 2 GUNS [Trailer]

If I can't get a sequel to 2006's Inside Man, then 2 GUNS will have to do. The new action film has got some of what made Inside Man great--a botched robbery/setup, buddy cop bromance and Denzel Washington. And where there's Denzel Washington, there's sly characterization mixed with real drama.

The actor shares the screen with Mark Wahlberg, who's re-teamed with his Contraband director Baltasar Kormákur for the project. Screenwriter Blake Masters penned the script, which marks his first time writing a full length feature (according to IMDB, he's mostly known for the defunct TV drama, "Law & Order: LA"). The movie is based on the original comic book series by Steven Grant.

More on the movie below (from

“Academy Award® winner Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg lead an all-star cast in 2 Guns, an explosive action film that tracks two operatives from competing bureaus who are forced on the run together. But there is a big problem with their unique alliance: Neither knows that the other is an undercover federal agent.

For the past 12 months, DEA agent Bobby Trench (Washington) and U.S. naval intelligence officer Marcus Stigman (Wahlberg) have been reluctantly attached at the hip. Working undercover as members of a narcotics syndicate, each man distrusts his partner as much as the criminals they have both been tasked to take down.

When their attempt to infiltrate a Mexican drug cartel and recover millions goes haywire, Trench and Stigman are suddenly disavowed by their superiors. Now that everyone wants them in jail or in the ground, the only person they can count on is the other. Unfortunately for their pursuers, when good guys spend years pretending to be bad, they pick up a few tricks along the way.”

Sounds like a modern take on The Defiant Ones, which done well can be wildly entertaining. Check out the trailer:

I'm kinda loving this, though obviously it's not a very original premise. Not everyone has the chops to sidle up next to Washington, but it looks like Wahlberg is really at ease here. We've certainly seen him balance action and humor in the past on screen (in both good and bad films), but we haven't seen much of that from Washington (unless you count the natural sarcasm he brings to his dramatic performances). But Washington does have tons of experience playing a man with a badge (it seems that's his main niche nowadays).

The one thing that seems kinda thrown in there, at least in the trailer, is the tired damsel in distress act played again by Paula Patton (who did a similar routine in 2006's Deja Vu, co-starring Denzel Washington). I just think Patton is so above this act. But, hey, maybe there's more to her character in the film...I hope.

What do you think? Will you watch 2 GUNS when it hits theaters August 2nd?


Daniel said...

That looks like a lot of fun, the chemistry between Walburg and Washingtion look like it'll be stellar. Excellent supporting cast to!

Anonymous said...

she's a lightskinned black woman playing the love interest of a man old enough to be her father. her role isn't any deeper than that. well, she is an agent as well but that doesn't amount to much since she is nothing more than a glorified girlfriend. that's her niche these days. and will remain that way as long as she is young enough to pull off the love of interest or until another lightskinned black woman replaces her.

iluvcinema said...

This looks to be a rather fun movie. Was not on my radar until last week.

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