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Critics' review: Watch 2 Guns for Washington-Wahlberg chemistry

Durga M Sengupta, Hindustantimes.com  New Delhi, September 17, 2013
First Published: 19:03 IST(17/9/2013) | Last Updated: 19:11 IST(17/9/2013)

While all critics agree that this familiar fable of delightful cop-humour completely banks upon the dynamic duo of Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg, some think they couldn't save the story.

The film is a recreation of an old graphic novel series of the same name. Some critics think that the direction is spot on.

"Kormákur also knows exactly how to use Washington, Scott’s preferred leading man, who here plays Bobby, a DEA agent posing as a fixer for a Mexican drug cartel. He teams up with Stig (Wahlberg), a freelance gunman who’s actually a full-time employee of the US Navy. The details are a joy: Wahlberg’s denim jacket has a shark painted on the back, and between lines he rolls a wad of chewing gum around his mouth. Whenever the two are on screen together they look like they might burst out laughing at any moment, and crucially we feel like we’re in on the joke," writes Robbie Collin in The Telegraph.

Philip French appreciates Baltasar Kormákur and American TV writer Blake Masters ability to "demonstrate their admiration for Hollywood crime movies by bringing together versions of Murtaugh and Riggs, the cool, cautious black cop and the reckless, wisecracking white cop from the Lethal Weapon franchise, and the ingenious plot of Don Siegel's Charley Varrick" in The Guardian.

French also talks about the main characters and their delightful banter. "Washington and Wahlberg react to bullets and beatings with wisecracks, making their way through a complicated plot like Theseus through the labyrinth, and actually confront a minotaur in the form of an angry bull unleashed on them by their Mexican enemy."

Theresa Smith isn't very impressed with the concept of the film but can't seem to stop herself from complimenting the pair. "The leads’ interaction keeps the momentum going until we get a real, honest to goodness Mexican stand-off with exploding cars, run away helicopters, Edward James Olmos cursing all and sundry, stampeding bulls and money flying all over the place," Smith writes in IOL.

"You won’t remember much a week later, but in the moment the chemistry between the two actors is charming, despite all the flying bullets making for a preposterous story," she adds.

We hear you.

Chris Tookey seems a bit offended at the starring, for as much he likes Washington-Wahlberg, he hates the film.

"Washington and Wahlberg are both fine actors in the right film — but this isn’t it. It’s Mr And Mrs Smith without the sexual conflict; a Lethal Weapon without the lively backchat," he writes in Daily Mail.

"If you want to watch stories with coherent plotting, intelligent dialogue and something to say, you’d be better off renting box sets of high-class TV shows, such as Borgen, Breaking Bad and Justified," suggests Tookey.

Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a commendable 63% on the tomatometer with the comment, "Formulaic and often jarringly violent, 2 Guns rests its old-school appeal on the interplay between its charismatic, well-matched stars."

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