Washington and Wahlberg 'sublime' in cop caper 2 Guns
Big bangs, fast talk and old-school thrills make it 'one of the best buddy-cop action movies in years'
What you need to know
Action comedy 2 Guns opens at UK cinemas today. The film from Icelandic director Baltasar Kormakur, (Contraband), and starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg, is based on a series of graphic novels.
Undercover agent Trench (Washington) and naval intelligence officer Stigman (Wahlberg) unwittingly lead investigations into each other after an unsuccessful attempt to infiltrate a Mexican drugs cartel. Co-stars Bill Paxton and Edward James Olmos.
What the critics like
Big bangs and fast talk are the name of the genre game in this "slick, slippery thriller" that taps into the anarchic playfulness of the best 1980s action flicks, says Manohla Dargis in the New York Times. Kormakur transforms pulp fiction from a generic diversion into a fine genre film.
Washington and Wahlberg are sublime together in "one of the best buddy-cop action movies in years", says Duncan Bowles on Den of Geek. Kormakur deserves credit for putting together a film that manages to stick to some classic genre conventions, while feeling utterly fresh and original.
Wahlberg and Washington make an enjoyable pair in this "fleet, unpretentious caper pic", says Scott Foundas at Variety. Kormakur keeps the pace quick, the banter lively and delivers the old-school, mostly CGI-free thrills on schedule.
What they don't like
This is "a shamelessly old-school, efficiently directed but forgettable action comedy with charm to spare", says Neil Alcock in Empire. Go for the explosions, zone out for the plot. ·