2 Guns (R),which opens Friday, is an action/comedy thriller which will blow you away. Directed by Icelandic Baltasar Kormakur and starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg, it’s a cool take on the buddy-flick genre that is sure to be a box-office blockbuster.
As you watch 2 Guns, you might notice a playful homage to the “Lethal Weapon” series of movies, starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover, though Washington and Wahlberg are sort of cops and a bit like robbers. Wahlberg’s name, Stig, is similar sounding to Riggs, the name of the cop Gibson portrays.
The movie is based upon the five-book comic book series “2 Guns,” by Steven Grant. On Wednesday Grant, the creator of the Boom! Studios comic book it’s based on, unloaded the first issue of the sequel, a new series called 3 Guns. The third gun in the mix is a beautiful but dangerous woman.
Grant was on set one day when Bill Paxton (who plays the movie’s villain) and Edward James Olmos (as drug kingpin Papi Greco) “were having a ‘bad guy threat-off,’ hurling escalating nasty threats back at each other that they were shotgunning off the tops of their heads.” He thought the scene was “hilarious” and “brings a real verisimilitude to the film.”
The movie 2 Guns follows DEA agent Bobby Trench (Washington), who in the comic book series is a a blonde-haired white guy, and naval intelligence officer Marcus Stigman (Wahlberg), who is named Marcus Steadman in the original series. Following a bank heist, they learn about each other’s true day jobs and go on the run from a drug cartel and their own government.
2 Guns opens with Stig and Bobby meeting each other in a Texas town and then settling into a diner for some breakfast and banter. Stig flirts with a pretty waitress there. Unlike in the “Lethal Weapon” series, there isn’t a dead wife or a family involved to influence the actions of the characters.
How do two members of law enforcement agencies become robbers?
Across from the diner there’s also a tiny bank. Bobby and Stig plan to relieve it of $3 million. That’s because the money belongs to Papi Greco (Edward James Olmos), the head of a Mexican drug cartel. He’s recently paid back an associate who screwed with him by cutting off his head.
That head is briefly seen peeking out of a satchel. same unreality principle extends to the story and Mr. Kormakur’s bright, uncluttered style, which instantly shake off the real world and its obligations, thrusting the film straight into fantasy.
Besides Washington, Wahlberg, and Olmos, the rest of the cast are awesome, as well. James Marsden and Fred Ward are a couple of Navy types of characters, who, along with Bill Paxtonn — a Central Intelligence Agency whack job — swoop in on a black helicopter.
Kormakur’s last movie he directed was another thriller starring Wahlberg, Contraband.
He’s made a fast-paced, action-packed movie in 2 Guns that shows a movie can be based on a comic book that doesn’t feature a super hero, and it can still be a hit at the box office that will blow you away.
Written by: Douglas Cobb