Bobby “Beans” (Denzel Washington) “knows a guy.” For everything. He can get whatever you need. He and his partner, Michael “Stig” Stigman (Mark Wahlberg) head to Papi Greco’s (Edward James Olmos) where Bobby is supposed to trade some passports for some cocaine. When Papi tries to give them cash instead of cocaine, Bobby tells Papi to keep the passports and the cash. Papi will owe Bobby one. It’s fortunate for Bobby and Stig they didn’t get the cocaine, since they are stopped at the Mexican border by the DEA.
Once they are back in the states, Bobby and Stig plan to rob the bank where Papi stashes his money. The bank robbery goes well, and the two get away with more than the $3 million they expected. The question becomes whose money did they steal? And why is everyone trying to kill them.
2 Guns is one of those movies with so many twists and turns that I have to leave the synopsis rather vague so as not to give anything away. Granted, many of the twists are easily predicted. Some are not. I went into this movie not knowing anything about the plot. Some films are best experienced this way. This is one of those films.
Mark Wahlberg and Denzel have an amazing chemistry. Their comedic timing is perfect for this buddy/action movie. I love Mark’s style of action/comedy. He does it well. The two play so well off each other that I wouldn’t be surprised if there was a decent amount of ad-libbing going on during filming. I would definitely see more movies with this duo. Everyone else, Edward James Olmos, Paula Patton, Bill Paxton, et al, all do well, but, honestly, the film is all about Denzel and Mark.
The story is a bit of a stretch, but not completely out of reach of reality. They mix enough comedy in to let you know it doesn’t take itself too seriously, but not so much as to make it a goofy, The Other Guys type movie. With all the gunfights and car chases, this could easily fall into the realm of a “guy flick.” My wife enjoyed it as much as I did, so I think it reaches enough across the line to keep both sides entertained. Even though Mark keeps his shirt on the whole time.