Universal Studios Home Entertainment
While watching this, the first movie that came-to-mind was Tango & Cash, that awesomely bad cinema suppository which was literally raised from total awfulness by the chemistry between its lead actors, Sylvester Stallone & Kurt Russell. Neither guy was required to stretch much, but they were a lot of fun together, to the point where the story their characters were thrown into didn’t really matter.
Similarly, the actual plot of 2 Guns is perfunctory and somewhat similar to Tango & Cash: Two hard-ass agents, one working for the DEA, the other for Naval Intelligence (each initially thinking the other is a criminal), are both screwed-over while working undercover. After the two participate in the robbery of a Mexican bank, which happens to hold ill-gotten gains by the CIA (headed by a cold-blooded agent played by Bill Paxton), they are forced to work together in order to, not only clear their names, but administer some destructive justice on those who set them up.
|"I made poo-poo."
The overall success of 2 Guns rests solely on their shoulders, and fortunately, they deliver. This movie is as predicable as the tide, but the banter and interaction between Washington & Wahlberg make it worth checking out. It’s simply a lot of fun watching these two together, even after we're fast-forgetting the actual plot of the film. However, it’s a shame that Bill Paxton and Edward James Olmos (the film’s villains) are criminally under-used (much like Jack Palance in Tango & Cash).
All-in-all, 2 Guns is a fun-yet-forgettable film, due mostly to its two lead actors, neither of whom are likely waiting with baited breath for Oscar nods for this one.
SPECIAL FEATURES (unable to access for review):
Featurettes: The Good, the Bad and the Sexy, Finding the Vibe, Living Dangerously; deleted/extended scenes; commentary by director Baltasar Kormakur & producer Adam Siegel.
(Out of 5)