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Rapid-fire laughs come thick and fast ; REVIEW

August 21, 2013


THIS week I took a trip to the Vue cinema in Carmarthen to watch the action-packed comedy blockbuster 2 Guns.

Starring Hollywood favourites Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington, 2 Guns tells the story of a naval petty officer Stig (Wahlberg) and drug enforcement agent Bobby Balls (Washington) robbing the local bank for a what they believed to be Pounds 3 million.

The pair find everything is not as it seems and crossing Mexican Mafia man Papi Greco unearths a whole heap of trouble.

Soon the two strangers have to put their differences aside and work together, if either of them is to make it out alive.

Action packed from the outset, Wahlberg plays the devilish naval intelligent officer Stig exceptionally well -- doing what he does best -- making audiences fall in love with his on screen charisma and bad boy ways. Paired with the award-winning Denzel Washington this cinematic couple have you in stitches with this brilliantly written action- fuelled comedy adapted from the book 2 Guns written by Steven Grant.

Directed by Baltasar Kormakur -- famous for Contraband, also starring Wallberg -- this well shot movie didn't need to relay on the use of over-the-top special effects or an enormous budget to make it what it is.

Kormakur's emphasis was put on his brilliant cast and it was a welcomed change to watch a film where you celebrate the acting rather than the never ending CGI.

Long enough without ever turning dull, this is a film worth seeing.

It doesn't necessarily need the big screen as it isn't full of special effects that makes it a cinematic experience, but it's mix of hilarious one liners and entertaining story line, with a few twists and turns to keep it interesting makes it one not to be missed out on.

With author Steven Grant working on the sequel to 2 Guns a secondary film could be in the pipeline. I am sure from the reaction of the audience, it would receive a very warm welcome back to the big screen.

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