(US - 2013)
Directed by Baltasar Kormakur. Written by Blake Masters. Cast: Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg, Paula Patton, Edward James Olmos, Bill Paxton, James Marsden, Fred Ward, Robert John Burke, Greg Sproles, Patrick Fischler, Azure Parsons, Ambyr Childers. (R, 110 mins)
We don't get nearly as many buddy/action movies of the 48 HRS/LETHAL WEAPON sort as we did back in the '80s and '90s...you know, the wisecracking, foul-mouthed, excessively violent sort of actioner where two mismatched heroes have to set aside their differences while still constantly busting one another's balls to take on a common enemy...if they don't kill each other first! 2 GUNS is that sort of movie, and while it's not creative in the slightest, it's a likable diversion and a nice change of pace in a summer filled with too much CGI destruction and superhero burnout. It speaks volumes about today's Hollywood that something this clichéd feels like a breath of fresh air.