2 Guns Blu-ray Review

  • Actors: Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg, Paula Patton, Bill Paxton, James Marsden
  • Director: Baltasar Kormakur
  • Writer: Blake Masters
  • Producers: Marc Platt, Randall Emmett, Norton Herrick, Adam Siegel, George Furla
  • Format: Color, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (DTS 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish, English
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Rated: R
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • Release Date: November 19, 2013
  • Run Time: 220 minutes


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            I can never have enough buddy cop movies, and 2 Guns is easily one of the best to come out of Hollywood in a great long while. It was so perfectly aligned with the formula for the sub-genre that I felt inspired to have a Lethal Weapon marathon after watching 2 Guns. There are few surprises in 2 Guns, but it serves its purpose with expert marksmanship. The jokes land and the bullets fly with tenacity and confidence that can only come from a truly skilled director and a cast so talented that their performances always appear natural.

     

             Icelandic director Baltasar Korm├íkur proved his abilities with suspenseful action with the surprising first-quarter release, Contraband, which has an action hero of sorts (played by Mark Wahlberg) who doesn’t use a gun to accomplish his goals. 2 Guns puts a gun in just about everybody’s hand, and blows up most of the vehicles in the film. There is a great deal of action, predictable twists and turns and very little original. Pair this with the dynamic performances by co-stars Wahlberg and Denzel Washington, practical effects and minimal CGI  and you have the formula for a summer blockbuster better than all of the assortments of super-hero films.

     

            The one original strand in the storyline of 2 Guns is the fact that there are very few bad guys in the movie. Although the film begins with two separate agencies attempting to take down a drug cartel, they end up being far less menacing than the film’s main villains; the CIA. There are many different sides in the movie, but none are as simple as good guys and bad guys, as most every significant character works for a variety of government agencies. This is more of a film about the good guys fighting the good guys, though nearly all of them appear bad people hiding behind their position of power.

     

            Exclusive to the Blu-ray are three featurettes about the making of 2 Guns, however superficial they may be. The more impressive features are actually available on both DVD and Blu-ray, including deleted and extended scenes, a featurette about the film’s action sequences, and a commentary track with Korm├íkur and producer Adam Siegel. The combo pack includes a Blu-ray, DVD and digital copy.

           

           

    Entertainment Value: 9/10

    Quality of Filmmaking: 7.5/10

    Historical Significance: 6/10

    Disc Features: 7/10

     

     

     

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