MOVIE REVIEW: Washington, Wahlberg give good chemistry in ‘2 Guns’

This image released by Universal Pictures shows Denzel Washington, left, and Mark Wahlberg in a scene from "2 Guns." (AP Photo/Universal Pictures, Patti Perret)

This image released by Universal Pictures shows Denzel Washington, left, and Mark Wahlberg in a scene from “2 Guns.” (AP Photo/Universal Pictures, Patti Perret)

By M. Scott Morris
Daily Journal

The new movie “2 Guns” flew under my radar. I can’t remember seeing a single trailer for it in the weeks and months leading up to last week’s release.

The relative lack of publicity didn’t seem to hurt. The action comedy that teamed Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg easily won the box office title during its opening weekend.

Washington plays Bobby, a hustler who knows how to get things done, or so it seems.

Wahlberg is Stig, a fast-talker on the wrong side of the law, or so it seems.

They travel back and forth across the Texas and Mexico border, and eventually come up with a plan to steal $3 million from Papi (Edward James Olmos), a drug kingpin.

That plan earns them attention from Earl (Bill Paxton), who’s seriously funny in a maniacal way, as he tracks down his prey. And make no mistake, Earl is a predator.

Bobby and Stig have a natural chemistry, even as they’re keeping secrets from each other. It turns out, there are plenty of other characters Bobby and Stig should have trust issues with. Maybe they’ll figure things out before it’s too late.

The movie has its slow moments, and the climax goes over the top to ridiculous proportions, all for a final showdown that makes up with comedy what it lacks in surprise.

I’d expect another pairing of Washington and Wahlberg in the future. If not in a sequel, then in some other action flick with plenty of firepower. They definitely work well together on screen, and it’s that relationship that makes “2 Guns.”

One assumes studio bosses have already taken notice, and I’d expect the marketing to be more aggressive next time.

I give “2 Guns” a B.

It’s showing at Malcos in Tupelo, Oxford, Corinth and Columbus, as well as Hollywood Premier Cinemas in Starkville and Movie Reel 4 in New Albany.

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Kelli Karlson Wizard 106.7. She gives “2 Guns” an A.

‘I had a blast. I will be seeing it again.’