Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. Need I say more? Two crooks teamed together, living a life under the major Mexican drug lord, Papi Greco (Edward James Olmos). When the time comes, they decide to take the drug kingpin’s money or so they thought. Have you ever heard the phrase: “Never rob a bank across from a diner that has the best donuts in three counties”? Soon, they discover the bank has plenty more than 3 million and more like 40 million dollars, this leads for them to gain a mass of enemies.
I love Mark Wahlberg so much and I love him in this as well. He’s easily my favourite character of the film. He plays Michael Stigman or Stig. His comical wits and his loyalty shows no bounds. His flirty winks just show a cheeky side, but he stands up for the chickens buried in holes (you’ll understand if you’ve seen it). His cocky ways, but his impressive never misses in shooting is amazing. His heart is completely in the right place and all he wants is to fight for “his people”, the man standing next to him. This man? Denzel Washington aka Bobby Beans. Bobby is careful of everyone, wary to trust anyone and anything, even wary of Stig, where all Stig wants is some recognition of trust. But Bobby’s trust is hard to gain with his hard exterior. With a complicated love-life, he is a very secretive man. For Bobby is an undercover DEA Agent trying to take down Papi. Oh and did I mention, Mr Stigman? Navy Soldier on a mission he believes to be from the top of the Navy. Although, this is unknown to both as they as they both believe they are criminals. Stig is quick to find out Bobby’s place in life, however it takes longer for Bobby to suss Stig’s whereabouts.
From the very beginning the film is intriguing, it has a literal explosive start, then flies you back a week or so to fill in everything for you to understand. We’re quickly back to the start of the film and we watch from present then on. This is a film you need to keep watching, it’s not a hard watch, not it’s not an easy watch, you need to be paying attention because a lot is going on, and somethings are told through visual ques and one-off sayings rather than everything fully explained. There are many funny moments, especially the childish squabbling between Bobby and Stig. There are also a few tense scenes as the enemy tries to track down his money, through torturous ways (although not gruesome). This film has a bit of everything, it really is enjoyable and fun. With many action scenes and explosive tactics, there are many surprises you don’t see coming, for shock on the character’s face is shock for the audience.
I would recommend this film. Both Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg are great. Tensions build as enemies grow, but their witty friendship not-friendship is comical and admired. James Marsden also makes an appearance, although as a character very different from ones before – extremely different from the loved Kevin in ‘27 Dresses’ and ‘Hairspray’s Corny Collins. ‘2 Guns’ is full of action and throws in comedic moments, there’s clever escape routes and impressive gun shots. Plans made, plans not made, but this should be a film to be planned to be seen. PS. It’s on Netflix.