Posted on 8/19/13 10:09 AM
"It's not down there, i can tell you that".
Iv'e said many times that every year there are a handful of decent action films and 1 or 2 great action films. So far those have already been filled so by my own rule this can't be good. There have already been a bunch of good action films, but it looks like i was wrong because with '2 Guns' there is another to add to the list and based on the year so far then another 1 or 2 will probably be added to the list before the year goes out.
'2 Guns' harks back to the days when 'buddy cop movies were all the rage and this year it seems to be a theme what with 'The Heat' and poor 'A Good Day to Die Hard'. Starring 'Denzel Washington' as 'Robert "Bobby" Trench' and 'Mark Wahlberg' as 'Marcus "Stig" Stigman'. They join up to rob a bank, seemingly straight forward takes a turn when they haven't robbed from the person they thought they had. And to make matters worse unknown to each other 'Bobby' is a DEA agent and 'Stigs' is Navy Seal. Resulting in them teaming up to try and figure out what has actually happened. The story is strong in any sense, it follows a usual path - double crosses, kidnapped loves and a big shoot out to end it all. But what makes this a good nay great films is the interplay between 'Wahlberg' and 'Washington'. The plot may be basic and follow typical tropes the dialogue and back and fourth are excellent. They bounce off each other beautifully and are on par with that of 'Glover' and 'Gibson' of 'Lethal Weapon'. The chemistry of those two actors is what makes the film work another duo with flat tension could have killed it, they create believable characters and the witty retorts aren't tiresome or overplayed. There are some surprises to be had within the story the women's fate isn't the way things usually go in these films and the big shoot-out at the end was quite cleverly played out.
Given my praise for 'Denzel' and 'Wahlberg' its no surprise they are excellent throughout. Their characters are believable and the smart-ass back and fourths between them fit in with their outgoing arrogant personalities. The bad guys - and there are a lot of them, 'Paxton' , 'Marsdon' and 'Olmos' as 'Earl', 'Quince' and 'Papi Greci' respectively do a good job too. As expected there are no award worthy performances but everything is fine, there nothing out of the ordinary. The action scenes are in the sweet spot of being frequent without going to far. There's enough time for the film to breathe before moving onto another chase or shoot-out scene. Speaking of the action sequences they're good and its clear that they tried to come up with some that weren't the norm. While i don't think they succeeded as iv'e seen them all before they're done with a high caliber execution - the staging of the last shoot-out in particular is excellent and the infiltration of the navy base isn't far behind either.
Another good action film that is probably the new front runner in that department. The story and the action may have been done before but in 'Wahlberg' and 'Denzel' the film shines. Their witty dialogues and smart-ass remarks really make the film stand-out and give it an old school 'Lethal Weapon', 'Beverly Hills' feel to it. So what if the action isn't anything new - it's still well shot and executed. And so what the story isn't particularly good - it still works. '2 Guns' may well be the best surprise of the year a film i'll certainly watch again.