Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Baltasar Kormákur|
|Produced by||Marc Platt Norton Herrick Randall Emmett George Furla Ross Richie Andrew Cosby|
|Screenplay by||Blake Masters|
|Based on||2 Guns by Steven Grant|
|Starring||Denzel Washington Mark Wahlberg Paula Patton Bill Paxton Fred Ward James Marsden Edward James Olmos|
|Music by||Clinton Shorter|
|Editing by||Michael Tronick|
|Studio||Emmett/Furla Films Marc Platt Productions Boom! Studios|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures (US) Entertainment One (Canada/UK) Foresight Unlimited (International) TriStar Pictures (worldwide) (worldwide (expect UK))|
|Running time||109 minutes|
2 Guns (stylized as 2GUNS) is a 2013 American action comedy film directed by Icelandic director Baltasar Kormákur and starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. Based on a graphic novel series of the same name published by Boom! Studios, the film was released on August 2, 2013.
Criminals Robert Trench (Denzel Washington) and Michael Stigman (Mark Wahlberg) are arrested by U.S. Customs after a meeting with drug lord Papi Greco (Edward James Olmos) in Mexico. Unbeknownst to Stigman, Trench is an undercover DEA agent and reports to his superior, Jessup (Robert John Burke), that he failed to acquire cocaine from Greco that they could use as evidence to convict him. Against Jessup’s orders, Trench decides to remain undercover and assist Stigman in robbing $3 million from Greco, so they can prosecute Greco for money laundering. Trench later meets with his lover, Deb Rees (Paula Patton), who is involved with another man as well, while Stigman, an undercover Naval Intelligence Officer, meets with his commanding officer, Harold Quince (James Marsden), who instructs Stigman to kill Trench so the Navy can use the stolen money to fund covert operations.
Trench and Stigman are surprised to find $43 million (rather than $3 million) in the vault. After the heist, Stigman follows orders to betray Trench and escapes with the money, although he lets Trench live. Upon learning of this, Quince attempts to have Stigman killed, but Stigman escapes after learning the money will be transferred to a Navy base in Corpus Christi. Meanwhile, Earl (Bill Paxton) aggressively interrogates the bank manager about the money Trench and Stigman stole from him.
Trench visits Jessup to tell him what happened, but Earl and his men are there waiting for him. Earl frames Trench for Jessup’s murder and lets him go, making a deal that if Trench returns the $43 million he will be cleared. Trench goes to Stigman’s apartment to find out where he took the money, only to have Stigman contact him from a sniper’s post across the street. After escaping a hit squad send by Quince, Trench and Stigman kidnap Greco and interrogate him in the garage at Deb’s house, where they find out Earl, Greco’s associate, is a black ops operative, and they’ve stolen money from the CIA.
- Denzel Washington as Robert “Bobby” Trench
- Mark Wahlberg as Michael “Stig” Stigman
- Paula Patton as Deb Rees
- Bill Paxton as Earl
- Fred Ward as Admiral Tuwey
- James Marsden as Harold “Harvey” Quince
- Edward James Olmos as Papi Greco
- Robert John Burke as Jessup
- Doris Morgado as Daisi
- Allie DeBerry as Margie
2 Guns was a fun movie that I am certain to watch again. It is a gritty CIA/DEA/Mil-Intel/Crime Thriller based around bank robbery money, drugs, and a Mexican drug lord. While I find it silly that men can get shot in one scene and fight and stuff in the next, this was based on a comic book story, which I am sure had “superhero-ish” characters. The comic aspect does not come through in the movie though, which was good. I recommend this one to ALL cop and military action/thriller fans. Great acting carries a “comic book” plot that has more twists than a roller coaster! 4 stars – MR
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