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Star Duo Weave Their Magic

August 21, 2013


WHEN a film starring Denzel Washington is described as an action comedy, it's going to be a sure fire hit.

2 Guns sees Hollywood heavyweights Denzel and Mark Whalberg come together as the two title characters.

They play an undercover DEA agent and a US Naval intelligence officer, who intend to set the other up for a bank robbery in order to further their own investigations surrounding Mexican Cartel bosses.

The heist proves too successful and leads to the undercover agents discovering each other's true identities, learning to trust one another while at the same time being hunted by the agencies they work for, the criminal underworld and the CIA.

The film stars other big screen and TV favourites such as Bill Paxton (Terminator and Aliens) and Edward James Olmos (Battlestar Galactica) who play their unfamiliar roles as the bad guys extremely well.

Paxton's chillingly cold and calculating CIA character particularly stood out, and James Marsden (X-Men) also makes an appearance as Whalberg's senior officer.

The movie allows both Whalberg and Washington to play characters they are familiar with, and the chemistry between them helps to create ongoing humour throughout the movie.

In fact, cheeky chappy Whalberg steals many of the scenes because he leaves you laughing.

The scenery is exquisite and gives a real feel of Mexican towns, as well as showing the experience border-jumpers go through to reach the US.

There is the mandatory CGI thrown into the mix, but it is never unnecessary and not overused.

2 Guns could easily have become a run-of-the-mill bank robbery movie, but thanks to the energy from both actors, and witty dialogue mixed with action scenes, it becomes a very fun and enjoyable movie that will entertain even those who would normally shy away from an action film.

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