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|Genre:||Action, Comedy, Thriller|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 109 Min.|
|FSK:||From 16 years|
It's supposed to be the perfect coup: in a small bank in nowhere in the US, a few million dollars of a Mexican drug cartel are supposed to be stored, which Bobby (Denzel Washington) and Michael (Mark Wahlberg) want to snatch under the nail. But they are amazed when there is much more money in the bank's lockers than they thought. But that's not all. As it turns out, both Bobby and Michael work undercover without knowing about each other. Bobby has gone for the DEA into the environment of the Mexican drug boss Papi Greco (Edward James Olmos), while Michael is in the service of the U.S. military. When both men realize that they have been deceived by their superiors and are suddenly targeted by drug mafia, corrupt cops and the military, they must continue to hold together - even though every spark of trust has been lost. But against the powerful opponents, who seek their lives, they can only get there together, for better or for worse…
For "2 Guns" the Icelandic director Baltasar Kormakur has once again secured the cooperation of his "Contraband" leading actor Mark Wahlberg. Based on the five-part comic novel by Steven Grant and Mateus Santolouco, Kormakur has staged a buddy comedy spiced with a lot of action and at times very macabre humor, which makes you feel extremely good. Much of this is owed to the two main actors, who harmonize perfectly with a captivating mixture of coolness and self-irony. While Denzel Washington is dominated by coolness, Mark Wahlberg can once again prove his comedic talent here. But also in the action sequences the two stars cut a damn good figure, which is supported by the stylish implementation of Kormakur.
Besides the unequal duo, which in its best moments awakens pleasant memories of the "Lethal Weapon" movies, Bill Paxton shines especially as an extremely greasy, ice-cold filibuster, who literally goes over corpses to get the money that Bobby and Michael have torn themselves under the nail. Also in Paxton's game the mixture between seriousness and black humor works out very well, which clearly increases the entertainment value of the movie as a whole. Dryly performed one-liners, amusing running gags and some quite bloody inlays are more than convincing evidence of this.
Another reason why "2 Guns" works so well is that it is really exciting despite lots of good laughs. The story isn't exactly new and even the "surprising" twists aren't likely to be seen by many viewers for miles in advance. And although originality isn't really offered here, the whole thing seems surprisingly fresh and entertaining. But great intellectual cinema should not be expected. And also viewers, who have a problem with crossing the border of political correctness here and there, will have a hard time making friends with the film.
However, those who love humorously served action cinema, those who can enjoy their popcorn best when the action on the screen is explosive and extremely lead-containing and those who want to see an exciting story with two cool heroes will get their money's worth with "2 Guns". And for that there is a more than deserved one: Absolutely worth seeing!
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