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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Mark Wahlberg
Denzel Washington
Paula Patton
Bill Paxton.
Directors
Baltasar Kormákur.
Screenwriters
Blake Masters.
Running Time
109 minutes

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2 Guns
Many explosions


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


Review
2 Guns
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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.


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


Reviewed by Neil Alcock

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Average user rating for 2 Guns
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RE: Poor review - Great film

Two hours of brainless action packed with some great laughs and featuring two actors clearly enjoying their time together./quote] ... More

Posted by chang at 11:55, 31 December 2013 | Report This Post


RE: Poor review - Great film

Below average.Wahlberg is his usual self,the problem is Washington. He can't do comedy.He acts like he's chasing an Oscar. Badly written with average acting. ... More

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Posted by CriticNumberOne at 01:49, 10 October 2013 | Report This Post


RE: Poor review - Great film

L: axeman I have to say Empire amazed on this one - Not purely for the subjective review with which I disagree (and lets be honest, yours is only one opinion, and no more valid than anybody else's in reality), but for the awful review. Could the reviewer even be bothered to do a decent job - Enough of the 'oh so clever' remarks about Michael Bay directing and Shane Black script, etc etc...Try saying something a little more enlightening. As for the film - my own opinion is that it was... More

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Posted by dseys at 22:13, 03 October 2013 | Report This Post


2 guns are better than one

2 guns are better than one and the same can be said for the star rating I give this film (a consolation for its makers). It's okay; it's not as if I didn't enjoy it. Try and imagine Bad Boys without the awesomeness, a Michael Bay film without the funny bits if you will. It was hardly intriguing, however I don't resent watching it. I just think it says something when the best part of the film was Mickey Rourke peeing on his hands. There is no more to be said. ... More

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Posted by Jungle23 at 23:25, 11 September 2013 | Report This Post


Enjoyable

A good buddy movie with two good leads. Yeah the plot leaves something to be desired but you just need to switch off and enjoy the fun. ... More

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Posted by bretty at 11:49, 26 August 2013 | Report This Post


RE: 2 Guns

Very satisfying film. Just delivers entertainment and we thought a solid 3 stars was in order. Also, what an amazing cast for a reasonably low profile film. Not only the two leads, but Commander Adama, Cyclops, Bill Paxton, the sidekick from Tremors and a nearly naked Paula Patton. Wow! ... More

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Posted by GCH at 22:47, 21 August 2013 | Report This Post


GREAT MOVIE!

Guns. Tits. Lols. ... More

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Posted by tysmuse at 20:55, 18 August 2013 | Report This Post


RE: Poor review - Great film

L: axeman subjective review hat else would a review be? I see they've got the DEA/Intelligence thing around the correct way now - no thanks for pointing it out, mind. ... More

Posted by elab49 at 07:42, 15 August 2013 | Report This Post


2 Guns. Well, more than 2 actually...

2 Guns' real strength lies in the banter and bickering between Wahlberg and Washington. It's loud, it's funny and it's thoroughly disposable. But if you don't expect too much of it, you might not be let down. ... More

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Posted by TheMightyBlackout at 00:47, 15 August 2013 | Report This Post


Poor review - Great film

I have to say Empire amazed on this one - Not purely for the subjective review with which I disagree (and lets be honest, yours is only one opinion, and no more valid than anybody else's in reality), but for the awful review. Could the reviewer even be bothered to do a decent job - Enough of the 'oh so clever' remarks about Michael Bay directing and Shane Black script, etc etc...Try saying something a little more enlightening. As for the film - my own opinion is that it was certainly worthy of... More

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Posted by axeman at 22:09, 14 August 2013 | Report This Post


Poor review - Great film

I have to say Empire amazed on this one - Not purely for the subjective review with which I disagree (and lets be honest, yours is only one opinion, and no more valid than anybody else's in reality), but for the awful review. Could the reviewer even be bothered to do a decent job - Enough of the 'oh so clever' remarks about Michael Bay directing and Shane Black script, etc etc...Try saying something a little more enlightening. As for the film - my own opinion is that it was certainly worthy of... More

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Posted by axeman at 19:18, 14 August 2013 | Report This Post


Poor review - Great film

I have to say Empire amazed on this one - Not purely for the subjective review with which I disagree (and lets be honest, yours is only one opinion, and no more valid than anybody else's in reality), but for the awful review. Could the reviewer even be bothered to do a decent job - Enough of the 'oh so clever' remarks about Michael Bay directing and Shane Black script, etc etc...Try saying something a little more enlightening. As for the film - my own opinion is that it was certainly worthy of... More

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Posted by axeman at 19:18, 14 August 2013 | Report This Post


Really?

So I click to read the full review...and there it is, a full three sentences.... Fan.fucking.tastic ... More

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Posted by echoalpha92 at 17:31, 14 August 2013 | Report This Post


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