Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg lead a good cast in a new film that most likely will not live up to your expectations. It’s called “2 Guns” and the unusual plot has difficulty unfolding in a manner that will really grab your total interest.
When you first see our two action stars, they seem to be a pair of free-lance drug smugglers working for a cartel kingpin played by Edward James Olmos. Then their theft of $43 million from a small rural bank starts the script confusion big time.
You see, both our “heroes” are actually government operatives, although neither knows that about each other at the start. It seems Denzel is DEA (and even has a comely DEA girlfriend played by Paula Patton) and Mark is with the Naval Intelligence Service. Mark’s handler is a Navy Seal Officer, played with evil disdain by James Marsden. Bill Paxton plays a murderous southern killer who has been involved with Olmos’ character for years and wants the $43 million the boys took from the bank.
“2 Guns” has lots of firepower. The bad boy banter between Washington and Wahlberg is often too chatty. Their relationship never really gets compelling, or even that funny.
This is not a bad picture. It just isn’t as interesting and entertaining as it should have been. But even when he’s average, Denzel Washington can still fill a theater, which he’ll do the opening weekend of “2 Guns.”