Few other characters who pose such problems, including James Marsden, Bill Paxton, and Edward James Olmos. They’re nasty to the core and their penchant for grisly violence makes a sharp, often uncomfortable, contrast with Washington and Wahlberg’s wiseguy repartee. Paula Patton walks a fine line as one of Denzel’s cohorts.
I don’t want to reveal any spoilers in the screenplay by TV veteran Blake Masters, based on Steven Grant’s graphic novel from Boom! Studios. Its so-called revelations aren’t shocking, especially in the context of a movie that makes it hard to care about the people on screen. It’s clear from 2 Guns and the earlier, equally mediocre Wahlberg vehicle Contraband that Icelandic director Baltasar Kormákur is more interested in camera set-ups and flashy action staging than he is in characterization.
2 Guns presents itself to us as a “fun,” R-rated action yarn, but I never got in on the fun. Instead, it left a bad taste in my mouth.