Tag: Denzel Washington

2 Guns Review: A Movie That’s Been Done Several Times Before

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Movies based on comic book properties are now as common as the use of special effects and 3D. Not every comic book movie has superheroes in tights and capes though. 2 Guns may be based on a comic book but it’s an homage to buddy cop movies.

Based on Steven Grant’s book, 2 Guns is the story of DEA agent Bobby Trench (Denzel Washington) and Navy Intelligence Officer Michael “Stig” Stigman (Mark Wahlberg).  Neither man knows the others’ true identity until they try to arrest each other.

As the story unfolds, both men realize they can’t trust their organizations and reluctantly band together. Through a series of car chases, gunfights and explosions, they run from former partners and drug lord Papi Greco (Edward James Olmos).

Washington and Wahlberg have great chemistry as a duo and keep things light-hearted. Denzel, after his dramatic Oscar-nominated performance in last year’s Flight, seems to have fun in this role. Mark Wahlberg channels his earlier work in The Big Hit, kicking ass and cracking jokes.

Bill Paxton’s plays Earl, a dark, violent man tracking the two for undisclosed reasons. Earl interrogates with threats of Russian Roulette and takes himself very seriously. Paxton is interesting as a bad guy but almost too silly to believe.

Paula Patton (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol) plays Deb, Bobby’s sometimes girlfriend and DEA partner. She’s really eye candy, instead of the badass agent she was in Ghost Protocol. James Marsden (X-Men) also plays Navy officer Quince, a superior to Stig with his own motivations.

Almost every character in 2 Guns has a hidden agenda, leading to some twists, turns and double crossing in the plot. A lot of it is quite predictable but the movie never pretends to be anything more than a bullet-filled comedy.

We never find out how these two guys came together and it’s quickly glossed over in the film. I think a little back story would have been interesting but it’s a minor detail that’s forgotten once things get rolling.

The action in 2 Guns is standard but fun. A car chase leads to a comical fist fight between Stig and Bobby. Gunfights are shot well except for the finale. There are so many weapons that the end results are far too ridiculous to not laugh at.

2 Guns never really does anything new. It’s a movie that’s been done several times. Fans of the Lethal Weapon and Bad Boys flicks will enjoy this but there’s nothing that will make you want to revisit it.

Rating 6.5/10

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Kick Ass 2, Elysium, The World’s End and More in Summer Movie Preview

Summer is almost over but we still have a strong month of films to look forward to. Let’s close out August with the Guys Girl Summer Movie Preview!

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2 Guns

(Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg, Paula Patton, Bill Paxton)

 

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+ A DEA agent and a Navy officer are caught in a double cross involving millions of dollars.

+ Based on a comic book series by Steven Grant

+ Two of Hollywood’s most charismatic leading men, action, and humor

 

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

(Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario, Stanley Tucci, Nathan Fillion)

+ Based on Rick Riordan’s books, this is the 2nd Percy Jackson adaptation

+ Looks more action packed than first movie

– Not sure how close to the book the movie will be

– Still getting Harry Potter comparisons

 

Elysium

(Matt Damon, Jodie Foster)

+ Latest from Writer/Director Neil Blomkamp (District 9)

+ Sci-fi story where wealthy class live above Earth in Elysium, while poorer people are left on desolate Earth

+ Blomkamp did a great job with District 9, on a small budget. Elysium costs $100 million and looks more interesting than films with twice that budget

We’re The Millers

(Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Anniston, Emma Roberts, Ed Helms)

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+ A fake family is assembled to ship weed from Mexico to the U.S.

+ Apparently Jennifer Aniston is frozen in time to look like she’s still 25. Or, she works out like crazy.

– Doesn’t look very funny. Trailer might ruin TLC’s “Waterfalls” song for you

– Except for Jennifer Aniston looking amazing, none of the trailer is memorable

Disney’s Planes

(Dane Cook, Stacy Keach, Brad Garrett)

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+ A crop dusting plane is afraid of heights but wants to compete in a race. (So, Turbo in the air?)

– Disney originally intended this to be straight to DVD

– Spin-off from the world of “Cars” but supposedly NOT made by Pixar

– Looks like Disney is selling more toys than tickets with this one.

Kick-Ass 2

(Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jim Carrey)

 

+ Sequel to Mark Millar comic book movie about real-life heroes

+ Looks just as violent and funny as the first

– Jim Carrey has publicly spoken against the violence in this film. Did he not see the first one or read the script?

 

Paranoia

(Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, Liam Hemsworth, Amber Heard)

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+ A corporate employee gets caught between his new job and spying on his boss’ old partner

+ Harrison Ford’s dramatic performances in his older age have been better than his action movies. Crystal Skulls anyone?

 

Jobs

(Ashton Kutcher, Josh Gad, J.K. Simmons)

+ Biopic about tech mogul Steve Jobs

+ Ashton Kutcher’s performance looks interesting

– Wonder how much liberty Hollywood takes with the script. Hoping for more real events than “reel” ones.

 

The World’s End

(Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Rosamund Pike)

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+ From the crew that created Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz

+ Five friends on a pub crawl notice something strange about their hometown.

You’re Next

(Sharni vinson, Nicholas Tucci, AJ Bowen)

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+ The Davison family gets attacked by strangers with creepy masks

+ Looks similar to The Strangers, which could be a VERY good thing

Getaway

(Ethan Hawke, Selena Gomez, Jon Voight, Paul Freeman)

+ A man must stay behind the wheel of a car to save his kidnapped wife

+ Ethan Hawke’s career has been revived in a big way

– Selena Gomez looks very out of place in the trailer

 

That’s all folks! We have a few weeks of blockbusters lined up. Keep it here on Guys Girl for your entertainment news! See you at the movies!

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