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2 GUNS Blu-Ray Review

I thought Hollywood has done audiences a favor by finally uniting Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington. And, even though I wasn’t completely disappointed by the film, 2 Guns still left a lot to be desired in terms of character development. For an ensemble cast that featured several A-list actors that all boast long lists of successfull films (that I will admit to willingly watching most of), there was something missing that made this buddy-cop feature sub par plot-wise, leaving the bulk of the story to take a backseat to car chases, gunfights, and explosions.

In the action-packed thriller 2 Guns, Wahlberg and Washington play a couple of undercover agents, working for different government agencies, that find themselves in a fairly unique situation. The government agencies they work for have set them up and instead of performing a service to their country, they find themselves doing someone else’s dirty work. In order to get out of this alive they’re going to have to team up for real, and learn the value of trust.

Wahlberg plays an undercover Naval Intelligence officer that finds himself in an obvious double-cross situation. As far as characters that he typically plays, this one has all the same traits. He’s strong-headed, impulsive, and impressive with a weapon. Those are usually the things about his characters that I enjoy the most, however in this film, he clearly thought he was funnier than I did.

The same goes for Washington’s character, except substitute cunning for funny. The character itself wasn’t something outside of what seems like his general parameters, but for most of the film he thought that he was one step ahead of everyone else when really he was two steps behind a vastmajority of the time.

What really killed the film for me, was that it was trying to be something it wasn’t – funny. I naturally went into watching 2 Guns wanting to see two bad-ass characters defeat the bad guys with their witty banter and deadly intelligence. That wasn’t the case. Every other line was saturated with comedic failure, with the exception of a few scenes, and that left me cringing as opposed to cheering when the end credits rolled around.

As far as the blu-ray goes, 2 Guns is a transferred from 35mm to 1080p high-definition and features DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1. It looks and sounds great, and gives viewers enough extras to make it worth checking out, including:

  • Deleted and Extended Scenes
  • Undercover and Into Action
  • Feature Commentary With Director Baltasar Kormakur and Producer Adam Siegel

Plus, the blu-ray comes with a DVD and a digital copy.

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If you’re simply looking for a few laughs and a lot of action, 2 Guns would be a perfect choice for you. You can rent or buy it on Amazon starting November 19.

 

The Author

Lindsay Sperling

Lindsay Sperling

Lindsay Sperling has A.D.D. and her tastes reflect it. Her movie collection boasts everything from Casablanca to John Tucker Must Die to every season of Sons of Anarchy to-date. She adamantly supported a Veronica Mars Movie, hopes that the Fast & Furious franchise continues far into the future, and has read every popular YA book series turned film in recent years (except Harry Potter..). When she's not on an indie film set or educating the youth of America, she uses her time arguably productive as a freelance writer.

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