2 Guns (Film)

By Chip Tamplin

Published on Thursday, August 8, 2013

2 Guns tells the story of Robert “Bobby” Trench (Denzel Washington) and Michael Stigman (Mark Wahlberg). After a trip to Mexico to meet with Mexican drug kingpin Papi Greco and trade blank passports for cocaine, undercover DEA agent Trench reports back to his superiors that his partner Michael Stigman (coincidentally an undercover agent for the Office of Naval Intelligence) was planning on robbing the bank where they believed Greco stored his money. For Trench, the bank robbery was a way for the DEA to bring Greco down for money laundering, but for Stigman and the ONI, it was about obtaining money to use for covert operations. After robbing the bank, they discover that the money they ripped off (which was supposed to be around three million, but ended up being forty-three million) didn’t belong to Papi Greco, but actually the CIA. Trench and Stigman end up being double-crossed by their respective agencies and most form an unlikely partnership to return the stolen money to the CIA.

Unfortunately, the plot felt a little too forced at times (and other parts didn’t even make sense) and certain characters feel like they weren’t given anywhere near the same amount of polish that Trench and Stigman were given. Bill Paxton’s character Earl, who was tasked with playing the main extension of the CIA, felt horribly underdeveloped. Paxton played the part well, but the character felt like it could’ve been so much more. The same could be said for ONI antagonist Harold Quince (played by James Marsden). While the writers justly focused more on Wahlberg and Washington’s characters, I think more character development for Paxton and Marsden’s characters could’ve helped the overall feel of the film a lot.

For the most part, the movie is well paced. This isn’t a Michael Bay-esque action movie where something explodes every five seconds, nor is it some highly detailed and intricate conspiracy thriller, but if you’re an action movie fan, you’ll be happy with the amount of action 2 Guns provides.

2 Guns tries its hardest to excel, and has a lot of the right pieces in place to succeed, but it definitely sputters at parts. The back and forth dialogue between Wahlberg and Washington is easily the bright spot of the film. While this is not a comedy in the technical sense, it’s hard for me to picture any other actors that would’ve fit the roles more perfectly than Wahlberg and Washington. They managed to find a great balance between humor and baddassitude.

Overall, the film was worth the price of admission and I’d recommend it to friends, especially if they’re fans of Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington. It felt a lot like the Bad Boy movies featuring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. With an underwhelming summer line up, 2 Guns definitely puts itself in a position to be one of the best movies of the summer.


The Good

+ Wahlberg and Washington excelled

+ Great balance between comedy and action

+ Great cast

The Bad

- Plot often felt forced and occasionally certain aspects didn't make sense

- Paxton and Marsden's characters weren't as developed as they should've been


1 Comment »


  • Bennett says:

    So it seems to me like this is a C film but because it’s above the normal crap Hollywood cranks out it could actually be a success.

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