2 Guns (2013)

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Critic Consensus: Formulaic and often jarringly violent, 2 Guns rests its old-school appeal on the interplay between its charismatic, well-matched stars.

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Two crooked undercover officers - one from the DEA and the other from the Navy - unknowingly lead investigations on the other in this crime thriller from director Baltasar Kormakur. Mark Wahlberg, Denzel Washington, and Bill Paxton head up the starring cast. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi
Rating:
R (for violence throughout, language and brief nudity)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Cast

Denzel Washington
as Robert "Bobby" Trench
Mark Wahlberg
as Marcus "Stig" Stigman
Fred Ward
as Admiral Tuwey
James Marsden
as Quince
Edward James Olmos
as Papi Greco
Greg Sproles
as Chief Lucas
Derek Solorsano
as Ferret Nose Julio
Edgar Arreola
as Papi's Men - Rudy
Kyle Clements
as Papi's Men - Teemo
Christopher Matthew Cook
as Papi's Men - Thick
Timothy Bell
as Papi's Men - Lean
Tait Fletcher
as Papi's Men - Mini
Jesus Payan, Jr.
as Papi's Men - Roughneck
Azure Parsons
as Waitress Maggie
John McConnell
as Officer Dave
Jack Landry
as Officer Phil
Ritchie Montgomery
as Chief of Police
Ambyr Childers
as Ms. Young
Robert Larrivere
as Bank Manager
Lucy Faust
as Scared Woman
George Wilson
as Bank Guard
Yohance Myles
as Lead Agent (FBI Man)
Evie Louise Thompson
as Patsy (Dr. Ken's Assistant)
Samuel Baca-Garcia
as Javier (Papi's Son)
Michael Beasley
as Hard Case Border Patrol
Christopher Dempsey
as Border Guard
Bill Stinchcomb
as Uniformed Border Agent
Mark Adam
as Navy FIrefighter
David Kency
as Leap MP (Shore Patrol)
Gilbert Rosales
as Skinny Immigrant
Peter Gabb
as Doorman
Jason Kirkpatrick
as Tommy Boy
Tony Sanford
as Slim Jay
Kevin "Lucky" Johnson
as Tim Corrales
Lindsey Smith
as Gina Corrales
Lindsey G. Smith
as Gina Corrales
Lindsey Gort
as Waitress Margie
Hillel M. Sharman
as Roughneck #2
Aaron Zell
as Roughneck #3
Henry Penzi
as Roughneck #4
John "Spud" McConnell
as Officer Dave
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Critic Reviews for 2 Guns

All Critics (174) | Top Critics (44)

Washington and Wahlberg have a good time robbing banks and blowing up buildings and barreling through military security checkpoints and double-crossing people and shooting each other because none of it really means anything.

Full Review… | January 3, 2014
Grantland
Top Critic

That a movie this fleet and lean succumbs to action-blockbuster bloat in the home stretch is both disappointing and predictable, although the director deserves credit for keeping the climactic shootouts slick and spatially coherent.

Full Review… | January 1, 2014
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Mark Wahlberg reunites with Contraband director Baltasar Kormakur for an action movie that's even more cynical and sadistic than its predecessor.

Full Review… | January 1, 2014
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

In this star vehicle for Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg, the headlights are on full beam but the engine is struggling in second gear.

Full Review… | August 12, 2013
Time Out
Top Critic

Cliché is not a bad thing if it's done right. Like a good jazz improvisation, "2 Guns" leads to the same place but not the way you may expect.

Full Review… | August 4, 2013
RogerEbert.com
Top Critic

Beyond ridiculous but always entertaining. Washington and Wahlberg are terrific.

Full Review… | August 4, 2013
Richard Roeper.com
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for 2 Guns

½

Buddy comedy by the numbers, entertaining but forgettable, especially when you care little about what's going on on the screen and you're ultimately wondering what all the fuzz was all about. Only the protagonists' chemistry makes this somewhat watchable.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

My first Movie for 2014, I really thought that there was every chance I'd not like this movie, and was pleasantly surprised to find it exciting, action-packed, humorous and more than a bit convoluted. The acting was, as one would expect, brilliant with Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington having the time of their lives. The story took some following trying to figure out all the convolutions taking place with CIA and the Navy figuring prominently, but it was great fun, and the violence while never-ending was not over the top like some others today. I have to say that I felt Wahlberg stole the show with his comedic side strongly brought out. Go and see it, but do not try to figure out all the ins and outs too seriously. Great entertainment. 4 Stars 1-1-14

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

½

Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg aren't strangers to fronting acclaimed films in equally acclaimed performances; but they have something else in common. Neither actor has shied away from making a plethora of less critically prestigious, Hollywood action pictures; often heightening the proceedings with charisma alone. "2 Guns" is such a movie, and because of it's stars is also a good one. Directed by Baltasar Kormákur, who previously worked with Wahlberg on the solid "Contraband," "2 Guns" establishes itself as an equally energetic take on familiar material from the very first scene. The snappy dialogue, humor, and great chemistry between leads last throughout and isn't tired after this initial sequence. Along the way we get the likes Bill Paxton, James Marsden, and Edward James Olmos who indulge in a little screen chewing of their own. For an action movie with ambitions planted firmly in the visceral, "2 Guns" is surprisingly teeming with plot. There's the obligatory cross, double cross, hell even a quadruple cross, in a deceptive web that involves two undercover agents, the CIA, Naval intelligence, and even a drug cartel... oh my! Halfway through I didn't know who was playing who yet, or how everything fit together, but too the writer's credit, we never feel overwhelmed, duped, and everything ties together in an entertaining whole. The film does end abruptly after a fun build up, which is one of my only knocks plot wise. Even with everything I've just said, "2 Guns" comes down to Washington and Wahlberg. They are exciting to watch and have a great, more importantly believable chemistry. The stakes get high, but we never believe they are in anything but complete control. They command their standalone actioners, but for obvious reasons the results are even more successful here. "2 Guns" is great fun, with a complex plot that is a tribute to it's comic roots. We get a lot of films like this each year, but director Kormákur's stylish effort is one to see regardless. It is derivative. But it's rock solid and elevated by it's two leads.

Michael S
Michael S

Super Reviewer

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