2 Guns

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2 Guns
Two men, back to back, firing guns, with a helicopter overhead and money blowing in the wind. The man on the left is wearing sunglasses, a brown hat, a black shirt, and beige pants. The man on the right is wearing a white shirt and dark pants.
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Baltasar Kormákur
Produced by Marc Platt
Norton Herrick
Steven Saxton
Randall Emmett
George Furla
Ross Richie
Andrew Cosby
Brandt Andersen
Screenplay by Blake Masters
Based on 2 Guns 
by Steven Grant
Mateus Santolouco
Starring Denzel Washington
Mark Wahlberg
Paula Patton
Bill Paxton
Fred Ward
James Marsden
Edward James Olmos
Music by Clinton Shorter
Cinematography Oliver Wood
Edited by Michael Tronick
Production
company
Universal Pictures
Emmett/Furla Films[nb 1]
Distributed by Universal Pictures (US)
Entertainment One (Canada/UK)
Foresight Unlimited (International)[2]
Release dates
  • August 2, 2013 (2013-08-02)
Running time 109 minutes[3]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $61 million[4]
Box office $131,940,411[4]

2 Guns is a 2013 American action comedy film directed by Icelandic director Baltasar Kormákur and starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg.[1] Based on a comic book series of the same name published by Boom! Studios, the film was released on August 2, 2013,[5] and was met with mixed to positive reviews from critics.

Plot[edit]

Criminals Robert Trench (Denzel Washington) and Michael Stigman (Mark Wahlberg) are questioned by the United States Border Patrol after a meeting with drug lord Manny "Papi" Greco (Edward James Olmos) in Mexico. Unknown to Stigman, Trench is an undercover DEA agent and reports to his superior, Jessup (Robert John Burke), that he failed to acquire cocaine from Greco that they could use as evidence to convict him.

Against Jessup's orders, Trench decides to remain undercover and assist Stigman in robbing $3 million from Greco, so they can prosecute Greco for money laundering. Trench later meets with his lover, Deb Rees (Paula Patton), who is involved with another man as well, while Stigman, an undercover Intelligence Specialist with the Navy SEALs, meets with his commanding officer, Harold Quince (James Marsden), who instructs Stigman to kill Trench so the Navy can use the stolen money to fund unauthorized covert operations.

Trench and Stigman are surprised to find $43.125 million (rather than $3 million) in the vault. After the heist, Stigman follows orders to betray Trench and escape with the money, managing to pull his gun right as Trench is about to pull his own. He then shoots Trench in the shoulder, unwilling to kill him. Learning of this, Quince attempts to have Stigman killed. Stigman escapes after learning the money will be transferred to a Navy base in Corpus Christi. Meanwhile, a man named Earl (Bill Paxton) aggressively interrogates the bank manager about the money Trench and Stigman stole from him and also questions a vet about Trench's whereabouts after locating Trench's movements.

Trench goes to Stigman's apartment to find out where he took the money, only to have Stigman contact him from a sniper's post across the street. A hit squad sent by Quince attacks the apartment but Trench and Stigman escape. Trench visits Jessup to tell him what happened, but Earl and his men are there waiting for him. Earl kills Jessup, frames Trench for the murder and lets him go, making a deal that if Trench returns the $43 million he will be cleared. Trench and Stigman kidnap Greco and interrogate him in the garage at Deb's house, where they find out Earl, Greco's associate, is a black ops operative, and they have stolen money from the CIA.

The garage is attacked by another hit squad, led by Quince, and the trio ends up being captured by Greco and taken to his farm in Mexico. After beating them and receiving a visit from Earl, Greco gives the pair 24 hours to steal the money from the Navy and return it to him, or Deb will die.

At the base, Trench infiltrates Quince's office, only to discover Quince is Deb's boyfriend, and they had planned to steal the money for themselves. Meanwhile, Stigman asks Admiral Tuway (Fred Ward) for help. Tuway orders Quince's arrest, but disavows Stigman to prevent the scandal from tarnishing the Navy's reputation. Quince evades arrest, as does Stigman. Unable to find the money, Trench is too late to prevent Greco from killing Deb. He later realizes that the money is in a motel room that he and Deb frequented and goes to help Stigman, who had returned to Greco's farm alone to exact vengeance.

There, Stigman is surrounded by Greco's men until both Quince and Earl intervene. Trench arrives in a car filled with money, and then blows up the car, scattering the money everywhere, which leads to a massive shootout. During a standoff among Quince, Earl, Trench, and Stigman, Earl reveals that the CIA has 20 other secret banks, and the loss of the $43.125 million is only a minor setback. Signaling Stigman with a phrase from an earlier conversation, Stigman shoots Earl, and Trench shoots Quince. Trench and Stigman kill Greco and the duo escapes, but not before Trench shoots Stigman in the leg as payback for shooting him in the desert. While planning to continue to take down the CIA's secret banks and sabotage their black operations, Trench reveals to Stigman that he did not blow up all the money and had some stashed away.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

The film is an adaption of the comic series of the same name by Steven Grant.[6] However, it has been noted by the Observer that it can also be seen as evocative of the 1973 thriller Charley Varrick.[7] The pictures have similar plots and in both cases the bank being robbed is in Tres Cruces, New Mexico.

Filming took place in New Orleans, Louisiana and areas throughout New Mexico.[8] 2 Guns marked the second collaboration for Wahlberg and Kormákur: they first worked together on the film Contraband. It also marks the second collaboration between Washington and Patton after having starred together in Déjà Vu.

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

2 Guns received mixed to positive reviews from critics. Based on 164 reviews Rotten Tomatoes gives an aggregate rating of 64%; the site's consensus states: "Formulaic and often jarringly violent, 2 Guns rests its old-school appeal on the interplay between its charismatic, well-matched stars."[9] Metacritic gave a rating of 55 out of 100, based on 43 reviews, indicating mixed or average reviews.[10]

Ben Kenigsberg of The A.V. Club gave the film a C+ rating, describing it as "the no-frills action, half-pint Jim Thompson scenario, and buddy-cop wisecracks".[11] Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian gave the film 2 out of 5 stars.[12] R. Kurt Osenlund of Slant Magazine gave the film 2 out of 4 stars. "It's noticeably odd that 2 Guns has the desire to make offhanded socio-political statements, but not the will to take them anywhere truly provocative," he wrote.[13] Peter Travers of Rolling Stone also gave the film 2 out of 4 stars, commenting that the film didn't make the extra effort.[14] Lisa Kennedy of Denver Post gave the film 3 out of 4 stars, writing that "the biggest guns this action flick brandishes are stars Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg who have very different acting styles that work surprisingly well together".[15]

Box office[edit]

The film grossed $75,612,460 in North America and $56,327,951 in other countries, with a $131,940,411 worldwide gross against a budget of $61 million, having debuted at the top of the box office with $27,059,130 in its first weekend.[4]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The billing block states, "Universal Pictures and Emmett/Furla Films present a Marc Platt production in association with Oasis Ventures Entertainment Ltd / Envision Entertainment / Herrick Entertainment / Boom! Studios".[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Production notes" (PDF). Universal Studios. Retrieved August 3, 2013. 
  2. ^ Oldham, Stuart (February 12, 2012). "'2 Guns' fires sales". Variety. Retrieved August 18, 2013. 
  3. ^ "2 GUNS (2013)". British Board of Film Classification. June 8, 2013. Retrieved August 31, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c "2 Guns (2013)". Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved December 11, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Kick-Ass 2, 2 Guns Get New Release Dates; R.I.P.D. Holds Firm in 3D". ComicBook.com. Retrieved March 26, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Fred Ward Joins Denzel Washington And Mark Walhberg In 2 Guns". Cinemablend.com. Retrieved October 23, 2012. 
  7. ^ French, Philip (August 18, 2013). "2 Guns – review". The Observer. Retrieved August 29, 2013. 
  8. ^ "'2 Guns', starring Mark Wahlberg, filming in New Mexico". Onlocationvacations.com. Retrieved October 23, 2012. 
  9. ^ "2 Guns". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved August 18, 2013. 
  10. ^ "2 Guns". Metacritic. Retrieved August 18, 2013. 
  11. ^ Kenigsberg, Ben (August 1, 2013). "2 Guns - Film - Movie Review". The A.V. Club. 
  12. ^ Bradshaw, Peter (August 15, 2013). "2 Guns - review". The Guardian. 
  13. ^ Osenlund, R. Kurt (July 31, 2013). "2 Guns - Film Review". Slant Magazine. 
  14. ^ Travers, Peter (August 1, 2013). "2 Guns". Rolling Stone. 
  15. ^ Kennedy, Lisa (August 2, 2013). ""2 Guns" movie review: Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg are a new breed of buddy cops". The Denver Post. 

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