2 Guns Blu-ray Review
Robert Trench and Michael Stigman have been partnering up for years. That’s evident when they sit down in a local diner, which has the best donuts in counties. They bust each other’s balls like they’ve been friends for decades—Stigman knows Trench doesn’t like rye toast, so he orders him rye toast; Trench orders Stigman eggs, even though he knows he wants hash browns. Things like that.
But there’s plenty they don’t know: Stigman isn’t aware that Trench (Denzel Washington) is an undercover DEA agent and Trench is clueless that Stigman (Mark Wahlberg) is an undercover Naval Intelligence Officer.
After a botched attempt to bring drug lord Papi Greco (Edward James Olmos) to justice, Trench and Stigman decide it best to rob the $3 million he has in his safe box. Turns out that there’s another $40 million to be stolen, and that the money belongs to a CIA agent (Bill Paxton) in a bolo tie. That’s a little too complicated for a movie that’s not supposed to have much of a brain.
2 GUNS, as the title might give away, relies on nearly non-stop action to keep the audience’s attention. If that’s what you’re looking for, then the movie is a success. If you’re looking for an original plot or characters within the subgenre, then you may want to look back a few decades. These sorts of movies have such a predictable formula that you can almost guess how the last ten minutes will go. (If you think those against Trench and Stigman won’t end up with bullets in their bodies before the credits roll, then this is clearly the first buddy actioner you’ve seen.)
The screenplay (by Blake Masters, creator of the Showtime drama BROTHERHOOD) has a handful of amusing bits (“They’re torturing chickens.” “What are you eating?” “A chicken. It’s different.”) and the direction (by Iceland director Baltasar Kormákur, who helmed 101 REYKJAVIK and previously directed Wahlberg in 2012’s CONTRABAND) comes complete with slow-motion explosions, but are standard overall. The elevating aspect is the stars. Washington and Wahlberg are both likeable actors and, in their first pairing, boast a comfortable chemistry that might make the movie entertaining for those not usually prone to such fare.
Both Washington and Wahlberg have pulled off action with ease (the former in his collaborations with Tony Scott and the latter anytime he feels he’ll look good carrying a prop gun). Here, they’re forced to go through the necessary motions, but they at least seem to be having a good time doing it (and may even be the only ones aware just how thin the story is). It’s their banter and way they carry themselves that make the movie more enjoyable than it should be. (Even when they walk, they do it like there’s a ‘70s cop movie soundtrack playing in the background.)
2 GUNS is simpler than some of the plot details may lead on, but it at least has a lot of gunplay to amuse its intended audience. And haven’t you always wanted to see Mark Wahlberg shoot a bunch of chickens’ heads off?
2 GUNS BLU-RAY REVIEW
Video: 2.40:1 in 1080p with MPEG-4 AVC codec. This high-definition transfer is highly detailed and textured throughout. Colors are also accurate and capture the look of the Mexican desert.
Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1; Spanish DTS Digital Surround 5.1; French DTS Digital Surround 5.1. Subtitles in English, Spanish and French. Action fans will be pleased with this transfer, which has explosions and bullets coming through surround sound speakers with great force.
Feature commentary with director Baltasar Kormákur and producer Adam Siegel: This is a solid enough track, with the pair (Siegel being the dominant speaker) discussing a number of aspects regarding 2 GUNS, including the cast, locations and more.
Click, Click, Bang, Bang: The Making of 2 GUNS (30:18): Collected here are four making-of featurettes: “Undercover and Into Action,” “The Good, the Bad and the Sexy,” “Finding the Vibe,” and “Living Dangerously.”
Deleted and Extended Scenes (11:49): There are eight here, which can be viewed separately or as a whole. They are: “‘Bring a Kid to Work Day,’” “Clown or Frankie?” “Where’s Your Badge?” “Do Me a Favor,” “Afraid of Heights,” “What Comes Around Goes Around,” “Saddle Up,” and “Bobby Gets Hotel Key.”