2 Guns is a shot of adrenaline in the deary late summer months of cinema-going. The script is quick-witted and the direction is snappy and energetic. Washington is the smooth talker and Wahlberg is the incessant chatterbox, their on-screen pairing improbably works.
For the past 12 months, DEA agent Bobby Trench and U.S. Naval intelligence officer Marcus Stigman have been reluctantly paired together undercover. Neither man has any idea the other is an officer until a bank robbery goes awry and both men’s covers are blown. In the process Washington’s character shots Wahlberg and leaves him in the desert. This act of professional betrayal sets-up the main conflict between the two agents from different government branches.
Now, each man has been disavowed of their duty and rank. On the run and outgunned Trench and Stigman must count on each other to clear their names and stay alive long enough to exact retribution on those responsible for their framing. Meanwhile, their former superiors are working with Mexican Cartel leaders to find the missing agents.
There is a sort of blue-collar professionalism that comes through in 2 Guns, Director Baltasar Kormákur isn’t a blockbuster helmer along the lines that these stars often collaborate with, but he is proficient in staging scenes with energy and visual punch while not overlooking the performances his leads are turning in. This is a gritty, low-down and often murky looking picture that wears its bravado like a 70’s Walter Hill flick.
Stars: Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg, Paula Patton