Monday, 12 August 2013

Review: 2 Guns

World of Blackout Film Review

2 Guns Poster

2 Guns
Cert: 15 / 109 mins / Dir. Baltasar Kormákur

In a Summer like 2013's, it's going to be easy for a quippy action movie like 2 Guns to fall between the cracks, even if it is based on a comic. The problem is that it stars a couple of leads who, while competent, have been taking on increasingly pedestrian roles. Thankfully they've both landed a script that allows them to shine. If only them.

The movie's real strength lies in the banter and bickering between Wahlberg and Washington, and scenes where they're apart make you realise how clunky the screenplay often is. The plot is convoluted in a reassuringly straightforward*1 way; The setup/reveal pretty much assumes you've seen the trailer, so doesn't try too hard to surprise you; and the finale seems to arrive as if suddenly realising there's only twenty minutes left to go. But there's still a lot of fun to be had, and Bill Paxton and Edward James Olmos are having a great time chewing the scenery as their respective bad-guy characters. The rest of the supporting cast phone in their roles a little, but I put that down to the roles themselves. It's not all laughs, of course, but it's surprisingly light-hearted considering the amount of shell-casings on the floor.

Oh, and a couple of the bedroom scenes with Denzel Washington and Paula Patton are so visually similar to the opening scene of Flight with Nadine Velasquez, that I'm starting to wonder if DW doesn't have this sort of thing written into his contract…

It's loud, it's funny and it's thoroughly disposable. But if you don't expect too much of 2 Guns, you might not be let down.

Is the trailer representative of the film?

Did I laugh, cry, gasp and sigh when I was supposed to?

Does it achieve what it sets out to do?
…more than likely, yes.

Pay at the cinema, Rent on DVD or just wait for it to be on the telly?
It's a fun night out, but you won't lose too much by watching it at home.

Will I think less of you if we disagree about how good/bad this film is?
A little.

Will I watch it again?

Is there a Wilhelm Scream?
There ain't.

And because you won't be happy until I've given it a score...

And my question for YOU is…
Which comic/graphic novel would you like to see adapted (or re-adapted) into a movie?

*1 In other words: it twists, it turns, but it won't lose anyone.

• ^^^ That's dry, British humour, and most likely sarcasm or facetiousness.
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