Summer of 2013 for movies was laden with big budget disasters like “R.I.P.D.”, “After Earth,” and “The Lone Ranger.” (I actually liked “The Lone Ranger”, check out my review for that here.) Even the box office smashes such as “Iron Man 3” and “Man of Steel” felt grossly underwhelming.
In the midst of all the trash and mediocrity, we find “2 Guns,” an action thriller directed by Baltasar Kormakur with relentless style and efficiency. It stars Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg, who sizzle on screen, cooking up chemistry that is sorely missed by the summer films that bombed. Combine this with solid supporting performances by Paula Patton and Bill Paxton and it’s a movie that has you glued to the screen.
Halfway into the film you’ll realize that the plot becomes fairly irrelevant; there’s lots of gun fire, money goes missing, there’s crossing and double-crossing, etc. At the end of the day, this becomes another movie where really cool actors look good doing bad-ass things on screen and the audience is brought along on the ride for the thrill of it all.
I was a bit surprised that the film did not do better financially, considering how entertaining it was. Perhaps the R rating turned off some. I also think that the theatrical release poster is a blunter, as Denzel looks like a stiff and in no way reflects his calm and calculated character.
It is everything you can ask for in a pop corn summer film: Funny, smart and action-packed. If you missed this film when it came out in August, catch it on home entertainment (netflix, dvd, etc).