“2 Guns” isn’t nearly as witty and stylish as it thinks it is but it has enough wit and style to get by as a late summer trifle. The film’s gets a pass primarily due to its charismatic and entertaining leads.
The catch is that no one and nothing in this terribly convoluted story is who or what it appears to be. Well, except for Papi. He is a drug lord.
Bobby is an undercover DEA agent. Marcus is an undercover Naval investigator. Neither knows the truth about the other. Both are trying to bring down Papi.
Marcus suggests they rob a bank where Papi keeps his money. They think they’ll make off with a couple million but instead they wind up with several million. That’s right, there’s more to the bank than meets the eye as well.
The heist draws the attention of the mysterious Earl (Bill Paxton), a man who will kill anyone and everyone who stands in the way of him getting that money back. Further complicating matters are Marcus’ boss (James Marsden) and Bobby’s fellow DEA agent/former lover (Paula Patton).
Based on a Boom! Studios comic book and directed by Baltasar Kormákur, “2 Guns” strives to be a Quentin Tarantino in style and dialogue but it’s really Tarantino-lite. The plot has more twists and turns than the assembly line at a roller coaster factory. But despite all its cleverness in the end it all climaxes in a ridiculous hail of gunfire and explosions.
Still, it has its moments — most of them provided by the star power of Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. It’s easy to overlook the silliness and absurdity going on with those two compelling actors sharing the screen.