A Filmster Quickie: 2 Guns


Release Date: August 2, 2013

Watched: August 2, 2013

Review: August 4, 2013

Director: Baltasar Kormakur

Starring: Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg, Paula Patton

The Filmster Rating:

Good,But Rating

Synopsis: A DEA agent and a naval intelligence officer find themselves on the run after a botched attempt to infiltrate a drug cartel. While fleeing, they learn the secret of their shaky alliance: Neither knew that the other was an undercover agent. – IMDb

Review: 2 Guns contains too many villains and too many plot twists, to blow your mind but the two stars keeps things entertaining. As usual Denzel doesn’t disappoint in his role as the cool old guy, but its Wahlberg who steals the screen by playing the witty Navy officer. It is when both stars are together on-screen when the film is at its best. Their “bromance” or chemistry just oozes out the screen. What sets the film back is its plot and many plot twists that leaves you somewhat confused at times. Along with the plot it gives you a too many villains, who all give you solid performances by Bill Paxton, James Mardsen and Edward James Olmos. Between the stars and the decent action this film is worth a watch.

Blogger’s Thoughts

“The plots and motives of the film get a little messy as the story is told, but the Wahlberg-Washington duo helps put salve on that wound. While not really theater-watching worthy, 2 Guns will be a fun flick to catch on network tv or rent later on.” – The Focused Filmographer

“May not break any new ground, or change the frequency of R-rated action-flicks in the mainstream, but for the time it’s up on the screen, 2 Guns is still a bunch of quick, tense, action-filled fun, made even better by the always-entertaining chemistry between Wahlberg and Washington.” – Dan The Man’s Movie Reviews

“It certainly wont be anything I ever buy on Blu, it’s not something that I’m in any rush to see again. But I definitely did find it entertaining enough as it was playing.” – Fogs’ Movie Reviews

“This one is purely for entertainment purposes only, and I’m quite alright with that.” – digitalshortbread

Thanks for reading.

12 responses to “A Filmster Quickie: 2 Guns

  1. Denzel is my favorite actor, but this doesn’t look too great, so I doubt I’ll be seeing this at the theater. I’m ready to see Denzel sink his teeth into some meatier roles where he can truly shine and put his honed acting skills on display; like he did on “Man on Fire”. That’s the Denzel I love! John Q, Remember the Titans, Antwone Fisher.

    • Denzel is also my favorite and doesn’t disappoint in any role he does and this one is no different. Not an Oscar performance but he is definitely enjoyable and especially teamed up with Wahlberg. Those two together were really fun to watch. Thanks!

      • I know he can act in roles like this, but what I’m getting at is that he needs to start taking on more powerful roles like he used to which give him the platform to showcase how versatile he is; in “Man on Fire” he played a man who was depressed – then suicidal – then a friend and mentor to a little girl – and then a focused hit man; he got to display many characteristics and emotions.

        I am sure he and Wahlberg were good for a couple chuckles on “Two Guns” but these aren’t the kinds of movies that are memorable; it’s nothing powerful or inspirational, and that’s precisely what God created Denzel to do. To inspire. And this film looks like a Hollywood dandy, full of “Let it rain” lines of dialogue. I want the inspirational Denzel back. This movie may be “good” but that’s not the standard for Denzel. He needs to make “great” movies. For every film like this that he makes, means he’s not spending his time making something “great”. I expect mediocre and good movies from mediocre and good actors; Denzel is on another level. I expect more. I expect greatness. Each and every movie.

      • Hey, listen I’m with you with Denzel, but I have no problems with him doing films like this. It’s a fun film for him and I agree its not memorable but I can’t blame him for this film. As long as his acting doesn’t change I will watch him in anything. What did you think of Flight??

      • I thought Denzel was great in “Flight” and that that crash scene was one of the most intense sequences I’ve seen on film; but other than that I thought the film felt disjointed and choppy. I liked the concept of the ending, but it felt a little forced. It was a good film that had it been better executed could have been great. But this is Hollywood and this happens at times, so no discredit to Denzel here…

        My whole point about Denzel is that I want him attempting powerful caliber films b/c he’s just THAT good, and I believe God has called him to a higher standard than most others for a greater purpose than simply making movies. It’s more about touching people through the power of film, and inspiring them to better their lives, etc. I know you say you don’t mind him doing films like “2 Guns” but you (and many others) rate it “Good, but not great” and that’s simply not good enough for someone like him.

        I understand there are other actors out there who do not use film to inspire others, etc. and that’s fine for them b/c most of them don’t have that specific call on their life from God; Denzel does. This is why I’m a bit disappointed he spent time making a shoot’em-up action movie that people are basically saying is “brainless fun”.

        I actually loved “The Book of Eli” and although it may not have gotten a lot of critical acclaim it told a powerful story, and hopefully inspired a few people; if you can accomplish that with your films then you’ve done something; and that’s worth more than an Oscar.

        But anyway, hopefully Denzel’s next films are powerful, and inspiring, and we can see him back in the Oscar race. Although there are more important things in life than an Oscar it is always great to see our guy in the running with the likes of Daniel Day Lewis, and Christoph Waltz. I hope to see you and others giving his next few films a “Grand” or “Top Notch” rating.

  2. Great review man. a quite light-weight affair but i enjoyed the heck out of it. thanks for the link, too! cheers.

  3. Watching Denzel and Marky Mark play-off one another made this flick all the more enjoyable to watch. Not to say the rest of it was bad or anything; just wasn’t nearly as exciting as when these two were on-screen together. Good review.

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