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Friday, 16 August 2013 00:00

2 Guns (15)

by Maria Duarte

Directed by Baltasar Kormakur

Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg are firing on all cylinders in this buddy action comedy centred on double-crossings, double-dealings and the fact that no-one is who they seem to be.

The pair are electric as the fast- talking and shooting undercover DEA agent Bobby Trench (Washington) and US naval intelligence officer Michael Stigman (Wahlberg).

In a bid to infiltrate a drugs cartel in Mexico, Trench teams up with Stig who he believes is a petty criminal and vice versa, to rob the bank where the drugs kingpin stashes his millions.

It opens with the two men casing the bank from the diner across the street amid a rapid fire of witty banter which sets the tongue-in-cheek tone of the movie.

Based on Steven Grant's graphic novel this is an entertaining romp from beginning to end which doesn't reinvent the genre, but does keep you guessing throughout the complex and intriguing plot in which US law enforcement proves just as corrupt as the Mexican drugs lords.

Director Baltasar Kormakur (Contraband) delivers a slick non-stop action-packed ride with a memorable cast including Bill Paxton, James Marsden and Edward James Olmos - but it is Washington and Wahlberg's hilarious odd couple double act that elevates this from your run-of-the-mill buddy movie.

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