Ah, another buddy cop movie featuring a black guy and a white dude, because the world hasn’t had enough of those films already. Even Hollywood is now aware of the genre having become a pungent pond, and now we’re introduced to a whole new genre – a buddy cop movie with an Oscar-winning black guy.
So does the new strategy work? In an internment way, it does. '2 Guns' is an achingly clichéd action movie with all of the elements that we have seen in every buddy cop movie to date. But it is also an entertainingly violent piece of escapist cinema, so if you’re looking for ludicrous action with one or two fun sequences this is the film for you. The film is based on a graphic novel series of the same name and teams up Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg as undercover cops of different departments with the singular mission of busting bad guys and scoring swag.
The film is directed by Icelandic filmmaker Baltasar Kormákur who last made Contraband with Wahlberg and the terrific The Deep in his native Reykjavik. Despite having submachine guns, bombs and bazookas, 2 Guns is not as thrilling as the ammo-less The Deep but some of the action is fun, and there’s something action-packed happening constantly in the film. There’s even the template Mexican cartel drug lord and double-crossing triple agent police moles. To mix things up, the film also serves an action scene involving a few chickens, a KFC chicken leg and even a bull – it makes absolutely no sense and it’s exactly the way the filmmakers intended the movie to be.
Wahlberg and Washington are at their trashy best, clearly having a good time making a trashy action movie, content to walk away with gigantic paychecks the moment the end credits roll. Had the film been released it the ’80s it would probably have been considered a classic.