Posted on 10/21/13 06:32 PM
Mark and Denzel would make a nice duo right? Denzel Washington plays undercover DEA agent Bobby Trench, and Mark Wahlberg is naval intelligence officer Marcus Stig Stigman. As we meet them, they are working together to rob a bank each unaware of the other's true occupation. They are actually investigating one another in connection with some stolen mob money, and the bank heist is part of that. Soon enough, it becomes clear that they are both being set up by a drug kingpin, a corrupt Navy official, and a crooked CIA agent. Now realizing that they're fighting on the same side Trench and Stig collaborate to outsmart everyone else.
2 Guns has one of the most incoherent plots of the year. We barely understand why Trench and Stig are robbing the bank when the film begins a never ending series of seemingly double crosses. 2 Guns wants to keep you from guessing what will happen next, but it does this by confusing you rather than through clever plotting. It's really not too much to ask that a movie make its story where the viewer is able to follow. Seeing Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg share a screen should be awesome. Neither actor has a well defined character to play we really don't know much about them. Bickering is used here as a substitute for actual dialogue.
The actors are decent, they just aren't given much of substance to work with. That's a shame because we know they do substance very well. Director Baltasar Kormakur stages a few decent action scenes although investment in them is minimized by the occasional lack of understanding as to why they're taking place. It's hard to find much that would make me recommend this film. 2 Guns left me feeling slightly confused. Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg will eventually go on to make much better action pictures. I expected a little more from this movie.