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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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After Earth Review: Can Will Smith and Son Resurrect M. Night?

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Summer movies almost don’t feel right without a Will Smith project. Since the mid 90s, Smith’s action and sci-fi blockbusters have guaranteed Hollywood success.

Director M. Night Shymalan debuted strong with The Sixth Sense but has become a joke with his recent releases. M. Night and Will Smith’s collaboration, After Earth, stands apart from both men’s previous work, but not for the right reasons.

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Wreck-It Ralph Delivers, But Did It Need More?

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MAN was I excited about Wreck-It Ralph. I wanted ALL the video game references! Give me Mario! Give me Sonic! Street Fighter! Zelda! Metroid!

WELP, there weren’t as many cameos as I hoped. Ryu and other Street Fighter characters, some Sonic characters, and other familiar video game names were sprinkled in here and there. And Q*Bert played a pretty lengthy role.

But no Mario(other than a mention), no Samus, nobody else that I can say I was looking forward to seeing made an appearance in Wreck-It Ralph.

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Does Oz The Great and Powerful Live Up to the Original?

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Exotic flowers, flying monkeys, and tornado debris, oh my.

Don’t miss the chance to watch this one in 3D. With plenty of shots tailored to make you feel like you’re part of the movie, you’ll ask yourself why you didn’t choose the 3D version in the first place.

Beyond the 3D, the movie was inherently primed for fantastic things. But did it actually live up to the musings?

It’s surely a movie that plays into the canon of the original Wizard of Oz.

Which also means that if The Wizard of Oz was a little too cornball for you, odds are you’ll get this same fuzzy feeling from Oz The Great and Powerful whether you want it or not.

I enjoyed the beginning, which takes on a old timey look, as much as I did the rest of TGaP in all it’s visual splendor and beautiful acting.

The actresses who played the witches did a wonderful job of bringing vibrancy to their respective characters.

Mila Kunis let’s you fall in love and keep that memory as her story progresses into what is a revelation for those who don’t know the witches names.

Although, at times I was thinking “Shutup Meg“. Sorry, it’s a Family Guy thing.

Michelle Williams is such a sweetheart and she makes her role a believable and lovable one. Again, not knowing the witches names can create twists, especially with her role.

Rachel Weisz rounds out the three witches with a solid performance. I wondered how far they would take her story and I feel like they had more to give, but it may have taken from the overall experience.

There could not have been a better way to develop the wizard himself then what we get here.

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All of his elements are explored, explained, and exploited. James Franco(Spiderman, Pineapple Express) gives us a great depiction of the wizard and his style of acting lends credence to the role.

Anyone who’s seen the original knows that the wizard was just a man with a machine. But if you don’t watch TGaP, you’ll never know how that man winds up fooling not only the people of Oz, but the wicked witch as well.

You’ll also never know why he’s so important to the land of Oz. The theme boasts that to be truly great, you don’t have to be like the great ones that came before you.
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Oz The Great and Powerful lies within that perspective.
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After the movie, the comments I heard ranged from “Dude, I couldn’t stay awake” to “My mom is going to LOVE this”. I find it funny to hear from the people who didn’t like TGaP, or any movie really, because their complaints are often imbedded with mild complexes. “Dude, I fell asleep” equates to “Dude, I’m not telling you I liked that movie because you might think I’m a softy.”
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Oz TGaP  may not live up to what you wanted from it and may not give you what you felt you needed in a back story. But it did for me. And it may for you too.
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It’s tough for these types of flicks to get past the audience knowing what’s better for it, those fans being the reason it came into production.
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However, let yourself enjoy the various ingredients that make this concoction a powerful one. It has everything it needs to leave you more than satisfied.
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Just don’t ruin it thinking you could’ve done it better.
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