Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg join forces and go on the run in crime-comedy 2 Guns.

Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg join forces and go on the run in crime-comedy 2 Guns.

Great casting for crime-comedy

Denzel Washington teams up with Mark Wahlberg for a film that reviewer calls "very watchable"

Susan Steen

Special to The Morning Star

Mark Wahlberg (“Stig” Stigman) and Denzel Washington (Bobby Trench) star in this film which has the usual violence and coarse language. Added to that are the following facts:

A) There are no good guys

B) No one is who they seem to be and

C)Everyone is out to get everyone else.

Now that we understand all that, we can kind of understand the show.

Fascinating also is the ease with which Wahlberg and Washington act together. They’re both solid actors and play off each other well. Originally, Vince Vaughn was cast as Bobby and Owen Wilson was to be Stig. I can’t see that working at all.

This show has really funny moments, it also has moments of surprise, moments of grief, sorrow and 108 minutes of plot twists.

2 Guns has not been hyped to the degree that most films are these days and that’s kind of surprising in itself, considering the cast includes Paula Patton as Deb, who lived across the street from 20th Century Fox and worked with Washington in the film Déjà vu in 2006; Bill Paxton as Earl; Edward James Olmos as Papi Greco; and James Marsden, whom we know from such films as the X-Men series and Superman Returns, as Quince. A really good cast who probably had a lot of fun making this film.

2 Guns may not prove to be a huge box office success in the long run, but for the past weekend results, it brought in $27,361 million, dropping The Wolverine to second place, and The Smurfs 2 in third place.

It’s touted as a crime-comedy and it’s very watchable. While not at all thought-provoking, it does beg the question: “Who can you really trust?”

One of the best lines: “Never rob a bank across the street from a diner that has the best doughnuts in three counties.”

I give 2 Guns three reels — go see it, and ask yourself: “Who do I trust?”

The film is currently showing at The Galaxy Cinemas in Vernon.

Susan Steen is a freelance movie reviewer whose column normally appears in the Kelowna Capital News.