2 GUNS Blu-ray Review
2 Guns arrives on Blu-ray and DVD on November 19. With Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington I had high hopes for a solid buddy action comedy. While there are decent moments of action, the film fails to deliver on story and pacing. There are so many moments that I found myself looking at my watch while watching the film. I missed this in theaters and I am glad I did. Directed by Baltasar Kormákur, it also stars Paula Patton, James Marsden, Bill Paxton, and Edward James Olmos.
The story follows a DEA agent (Washington) and an undercover Naval Intelligence officer (Wahlberg). The duo are trying to bring down the same drug kingpin, but don’t realize they are both law enforcement agents. Soon they realize that the other has lied about their identity and that they have been double crossed and will have to fight for their survival.
The cast is solid, but the characters lacked development in my opinion. This could be partly due to the way the plot was developed. I was expecting that Wahlberg and Washington would be my favorite characters, but Bill Paxton did a pretty chilling performance as one of the villains. There are some awesome muscle cars in the film that could also be considered characters.
Based on the story you would think that 2 Guns would be an action thriller, instead it tries to be more comedic and fails. There are so many better buddy-cop movies that are out there than this. 2 Guns had the potential of being a solid film, but fails miserably. The action sequences are well choreographed and intense at times, but the cheesy one-liners between the leads cause the film to fall flat. The action sequences are enjoyable. I love the final explosive scene the best, but there is a cool car chase between Wahlberg and Washington’s characters that you have to see to believe.
2 Guns was shot in 35 MM, which is pretty rare for movies today. It features a 2.39:1 1080p AVC video transfer. The desert sequences really popped on screen. The dark scenes are also very sharp unlike some films. There is one scene that takes place in a darkened apartment and all of the action was easy to see thanks to the video transfer. The sound DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, which makes the intense action scenes and dialogue-heavy scenes sound good.
The 2 Guns Blu-ray looks and sounds good and contains some decent special features. The disc included a cool making-of documentary that goes behind-the-scenes. There is also a collection of deleted scenes and a commentary track with the director and producer.
2 Guns will make a perfect Redbox rental, but it’s not worthy of a purchase. You can buy or rent 2 Guns on Amazon.