Misses the Target Entirely
Starring: Denzel Washington, Mark
Wahlberg, Paula Patton, Bill
Paxton, Fred Ward, James
Marsden, Edward James Olmos,
Robert John Burke, Patrick
Fischler, Greg Splores, Derek
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 109 minutes
Distributor: Universal Pictures/Comcast
Director: Baltasar Kormakur
Executive Producer: Brandt Anderson, Remington
Chase, Mark Damon, Jacky Jhaj,
John Brooks Klingenbeck,
Stephan Martirosyan, Moraz M.
Nabulsi, Steven Saxton, Joshua
Skurla, Jeffrey Stott, Tamara
Stparich de la Barra
Producer: Andrew Cosby, George Furla,
Norton Herrick, Marc Platt,
Ross Richie, Adam Siegel
Writer: Blake Masters
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Upon robbing the small-town bank, instead of finding drugs, they find $43 million. They take the 43 million, assuming it’s drug money, and leave. Before Bobby can reveal to Marcus he’s DEA, Marcus shoots him in the arm and takes the money. It’s revealed that Marcus is an AWOL U.S. naval intelligence officer who was pressured by his corrupt commander to betray Bobby and steal the money. It’s also revealed that the money belongs to the CIA, led by a ruthless agent played by Bill Paxton, who’s using all his resources to track down the money and the people who stole it. Marcus and Bobby must learn to work together now that the Cartel, the U.S. Navy and the CIA are all after them.
The plot of 2 GUNS is as convoluted as it sounds. Practically every character is untrustworthy and lives in an unethical manner. Cynicism prevails in this story, which has multiple corrupt government agencies and agents all choosing money over honor. The relationship between cool and composed Bobby and young and reckless Marcus has its charming, funny moments. The younger man’s unfiltered mouth is constantly getting the two of them into unwanted trouble, creating some comical banter. The action sequences are exciting, and the director avoids showing graphic amounts of blood. However, there are little to no redeeming messages to the story.
Ultimately, therefore, the worldview is rather mixed. On the good side, there are two positive and even biblical statements about loyalty. For example, Marcus tells Bobby that his moral code is that he always fights for the guy next to him. He refuses to kill Bobby even when his commanding officers tell him to do so. A commander at the U.S. Navy Base also makes a statement that “blind loyalty isn’t loyalty.” This refutes any unlawful decision that Marcus made, even if he was told to do so by his superiors. Despite this relatively positive content, pagan attitudes toward law and morality abound, and nearly every government official is corrupt. This cynical view of government, along with some other anti-patriotic and left-wing plot points make for an uninspiring story.
Included in the movie’s mixed pagan worldview is abundant foul language, some intense action and an utterly unnecessary scene with nudity. Movieguide® considers 2 GUNS a forgettable movie with excessive content.
2 GUNS has a poorly constructed, convoluted plot, with too many antagonists. Comical banter aside, the movie has little positive qualities. There are brief moral elements about doing the right thing and protecting the guy fighting next to you. However, most of the movie involves betrayal, government corruption and lawlessness. 42 GUNS also has abundant foul language, brief explicit nudity, intense action violence, and some left-wing politically correct content. Even the alleged good guys sometimes behave in an unlawful manner. So, Movieguide® advises extreme caution for the excessive content in 2 GUNS.