2 Guns: It hits the target

Gary Wolcott, atomictown.comAugust 2, 2013 

Film Review 2 Guns

This image released by Universal Pictures shows Paula Patton, left, and Denzel Washington in a scene from "2 Guns."

PATTI PERRET — Universal Pictures

2 Guns has Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg playing a DEA agent and a Navy intelligence officer who get tangled up in a complex plot to nab a Mexican drug dealer done nicely by Edward James Olmos. It starts with the two men robbing a bank that holds the drug dealer's money.

When they finish the heist, there are millions more in the vault than expected.

That's when the real owner of the money -- Bill Paxton's very mean and brilliantly played character -- wants it back. There's also a double-cross on Washington's DEA end and on Wahlberg's side of the scheme.

Supporting characters done by Paula Patton, James Marsden and Fred Ward fill in other key plot parts.

2 Guns, based on Steve Grant's graphic novels, is penned by TV action writer Blake Masters and directed by Baltasar Kormakur (Contraband).

This one has it all: excellent and well-crafted gun fights, fist fights and car chases. The film is packed with perfectly nasty bad guys, double-crosses, double-double crosses and two actors who connect at the highest possible level. Washington and Wahlberg have a blast with Masters' script and toss off terrific one-liners and comebacks at lightning speed.

It is laugh-out-loud funny, armrest and jaw-clenching intense and -- simply put -- is the best action movie done in a long time.

2 Guns is also packed with paradox. You've seen this movie dozens of times. It's a buddy-cop flick treading on Lethal Weapon territory. While not a bad place to be, 2 Guns is not very original, yet it is completely original. Plot twists and turns are predictable. At the same time, you don't see any of them coming.

In other words: fun stuff. Put this one on your must-see weekend moviegoing list.

Director: Baltasar Kormakur

Stars: Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg, Paula Patton, Bill Paxton, James Marsden, Edward James Olmos, Fred Ward

Mr. Movie rating: 5 stars

Rated R for violence, language, nudity and mature themes. It's playing at the Carmike 12, the Fairchild Cinemas 12 and at Walla Walla Grand Cinemas.

5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen

4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.

3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on DVD.

2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.

0 stars: Speaks for itself.

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