2 Guns Review

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An undercover DEA agent (Washington) and covert naval intelligence officer (Wahlberg) unwittingly investigate each other when they both steal mob money.

★★★★★

Owing no small debt to the buddy movies of the late ’80s and early ’90s, 2 Guns is a shamelessly old-school, efficiently directed but forgettable action comedy with charm to spare. Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington are friends, enemies, cops and robbers in a convoluted plot which pits them against the CIA, the DEA, the US Navy, a Mexican drug cartel and each other in the pursuit of 43 million dollars’ worth of MacGuffin. If Michael Bay directed a Shane Black script of an Elmore Leonard novel and all three of them were having off days, this would be the medium-octane result.

This does a serviceable job homaging '80s actioners but not a whole lot more. Go for the explosions, zone out for the plot.