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2 Guns/Rated R for violence in regular speed and slow motion

I”m beginning to see a trend. The biggest film currently playing is Despicable Me 2.

Also in theaters is Smurfs 2 and RED 2. Opening soon is Kick-Ass 2. To be different, they call this film 2 Guns. The sequel will be called 2 Guns 2. What does it all mean?

To be frank I am getting tired of too many sequels. What can I do about it? Not much. I need to see too many movies.

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In 2 Guns, the two guns are Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. They play two guys known as “Bobby” and “Stig.” They are both undercover agents, one for the DEA and the other for the US Navy. They are trying to catch drug dealers. Why the Navy is involved since the story takes place inland is a mystery. Two of the bad guys are Edward James Olmos and Bill Paxton. There are lots of other bad guys with lesser stature.

Bobby and Stig get involved with lots of money, operations gone wrong, loose women, and a bank robbery. During their involvements there are fights, shootings, stabbings, beatings, torture, large explosions, and fire. As well as macho posturing, tattoos, bald heads, pierced bodies and Bobby wearing bad dentures to make him look like a bad guy. If you are a fan of violence there is plenty to keep you happy and content. If you are looking for a good story, there are a few plot twists but none that are really surprising.

When the violence quiets down, the repartee buddy talk between Bobby and Stig fills in the blanks while everybody reloads and replaces all of their expended dynamite and ammo. The repartee is reasonably funny and the two main characters seem to connect well. No matter how much violence and death is going on around them, and even when they are suspended upside down, being threatened by a large and angry bull, they keep the funny chatter going as if they were above it all.

Too bad it all comes out as pretty mediocre and nothing we haven”t seen before. Filmed in two States, Louisiana and New Mexico, this film is at best not too good but not too bad.

Rated 2 out of 4. Let”s make it 2.5 out of 4 to be different. That way we can rate the sequel 2.5 out of 4, too.

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