2 Guns **

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I really was rooting for “2 Guns” to be a great film. The previews kind of reminded me of vintage Tony Scott crime movies from his early days. I also liked the pairing of Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington. The result does have some entertaining moments but over all the film gets lost in it’s formulaic plot and characters.

The plot is unlikely but intriguing. Two undercover officers from different agencies manage to connect without knowing each other’s identities. They are both attempting to bring down a drug cartel and end up being setup for a million dollar robbery. When they discover each other’s motives they are forced to put aside their differences and work together.

The setup is one that could of lead to something really interesting but the script by Blake Masters is sort of unfocused and lazy. He is too interested in having some great moments instead of aligning them in to a coherent plot. The movie then ends with a boring shoot out that solves almost nothing.

The director is Baltasar Kormakur who directed last year’s “Contraband”, which was another forgettable thriller. I can’t put my finger on whether or not it is his direction or the screenplays he is working with. He seems to attract some stellar talent but doesn’t really give them too much original to do.

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