Marcus Stigman and Robert Trench are two lowlifes who do business with a major mexican drug cartel. One day they form a plan to rob a bank carrying the drug money which they believe exceeds $3 million dollars. The heist doesn't go as planned when the two discover over $42 million but the real surprise occurs when each reveals they are undercover, a DEA agent and naval intelligence officer. Set-up and disgraced by a powerful enemy who wants their $42 million back, the two men much form a shaky alliance in order to survive. Baltasar Kormakur's 2 Guns is a run-of-the-mill action film that brings nothing new to the table, relying almost entirely on the charisma of its two stars. The narrative of 2 Guns is servicable at best, becoming a little convoluted and over-indulgent in its various plot twists and over-abundance of characters. The film tries to be epic in scope instead of going for the tight, straight-forward narrative and it suffers because of that. Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington do have a nice chemistry between them but the film takes a long time to really get to the meat of their banter, where they really begin to play off of each other. Unfortunately 2 Guns is another shining example of the one-trick-pony Denzel Washington has become as an actor as he goes through the same tired motions we've seen countless times before. The real star of this film is Bill Paxton whose swarmy and sinister antagonist was by far the most entertaining aspect of the movie. Paxton appears to be having fun and he does a great job at creating a persona that really stands out from an otherwise bland film. Baltasar Kormakur's 2 Guns is another generic star vehicle that relies to heavily on its star power supplementing it with a bland and uninteresting narrative.
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