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Two fine lead actors plus lots of action makes ‘2 Guns’ slick and stylish but empty fun

August 10, 2013

By Matthew E. Milliken
Aug. 10, 2013

The Denzel Washington-Mark Wahlberg vehicle 2 Guns is a slick and stylish but vapid entertainment.

The movie, set alongside the U.S.-Mexico border, features its starring pair as Bobby Bean and Michael Stigman, handsome and dynamic crooks who have an in with the drug cartel run by Big Papi Greco. Bean (Washington) turns out to have more than a few secrets, the least of which is that his real name is Robert Trench. But Stigman has a secret or two of his own — as do all of the organizations with which he, Trench and Greco are connected.

2 Guns’ plot kicks into high gear when Trench and Stigman rob a small-town bank patronized by Greco. Expecting to come away with $3 million in drug cash, the men instead haul away an extra $40 million. That caper makes the two men into targets; they’re hunted not only by the enraged Greco but by an unexpected collection of players both known and unknown.

Naturally, the film features plenty of well-staged car chases, fisticuffs and gun fights, although the climactic battle isn’t quite as fresh (or as clearly executed) as preceding action set pieces. There’s also a plot that’s just twisty enough to contain a few entertaining surprises but not twisty enough to be unnecessarily confusing. Read the rest of this entry »

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