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2 Guns Review

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Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg, tons of action, twists and laughs. 2 Guns is "2 fun."

When the credits started, I had a big smile on my face.

What is your perception of 2 Guns? Whether you've seen the trailer or read the comic, you might have an idea what sort of movie this is. If so, you will be correct and happy you decided to watch it.

The big surprise many seem to have is the fact that this movie is based on the 2 GUNS comic Boom! Studios put out in 2007. I'll admit, despite the fact that I've always read a lot of Boom's comics, this series somehow completely snuck by. I did read the series before watching the movie. Whether or not you should do that, we'll get to that in minute.

The movie stars Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. That in itself is pretty impressive. These two actors crank up the charisma during the movie. You can't help but enjoy their presence on screen.

These two guys are planning on robbing a bank. It turns out it wasn't a simple bank and they ended up with way more than they thought. The twists and turns avalanche upon them as they discover others that are interested in the money plus the fact that they don't know each other as well as they thought. If you've watched the trailer, you probably know more about the movie than you should.

Washington and Wahlberg are great together. For a movie with a lot of shooting and one-liners, it's the kind you can just become immersed in. This is pure entertainment. Parts may get a little outrageous and a tad predictable. But there are still plenty of twists to catch you off guard. You'll laugh, you'll be on the edge of your seat and you'll even find yourself flinching or cringing a little at times.

Should you or should you not read the comic first?

That really depends on how much you want to know ahead of time. Some of the twists weren't revealed in the trailers. The movie is pretty faithful to the comic, something pretty rare for a "comic book movie." There are obviously some minor differences but if you have read it before, you'll smile hearing some lines taken directly from the comic. Washington's casting is a bit of a departure. I felt as if his character and Wahlberg's were closer in age in the comic. But seeing the two together, it absolutely does not matter. These two made the movie fun.

You're probably aware this isn't a piece of fine art. It's not meant to be. Usually at this point in the summer, all the "big" Hollywood movies have been released. This is a movie that gives you a reason to go back to the theaters one more time.

It's more than just about Washington and Wahlberg. Those two could have easily carried the burden of being the box office draw. We are also treated to great performances by Bill Paxton, Edward James Olmos, James Marsden and Paula Patton. That's what makes the movie even more of a pleasant surprise. You get a sense that some thought and care was put into the making of this movie. Not only is it faithful to the comic, the filmmakers also made sure it had a great cast and delivered a really good quality production.

The movie is rated R. Clearly there is quite a bit of violence. There's plenty of shooting, killing and explosions. It gets a little over the top but that's what you should expect from this kind of movie. There is also some brief nudity and plenty of profanity. In other words, this isn't a family film. What it is is a movie you go see with your friends. Buy some popcorn, lean back in your seat and just enjoy the movie and have a great time.

I mentioned leaving the theater with a smile. It's not a "feel good" movie. But it will make you laugh and give you a good time. That's exactly what I want for my money. It's fun and absurd with over the top action. Do I want a sequel? Boom! Studios did release 3 GUNS this week (you can read that review HERE). I would indeed love to see these two return to the characters.

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Posted by ccraft

The movie does look fun, so if I like it I'll buy the comic, and maybe 3 GUNS too.

Good review.

Posted by iceslick

Thanks for giving it a great review! :-) Still have hopes to go see it someday. I read IGN gave it a 5.0. But I never like their reviews anyway. By the way, @g_man any plans to see R.E.D. 2? I saw it and I love it! It's definitely a good movie.

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Edited by EnSabahNurX

One thing annoyed about this movie even though I really enjoyed it(just watched it), was how the only female character was treated. It was just a series of objectification and weak characteristics. Aside from that Marky Mark and Denzel were hilarious together.

Posted by weaponx

Cool

Posted by ThatGuyWithHeadPhones

Been a good few years for Wahlberg

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Posted by Mucklefluga

I love the concept and Washington, but im not q fan of Wahlberg. Oh well ive got until the 16th to think about it.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

Huh never heard of this film or comic but it sounds cool

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Posted by DonFelipe

@jonny_anonymous said:

Huh never heard of this film or comic but it sounds cool

This.

The question is whether to read the comic or watch the movie first?

Posted by ARMIV2

Wait, this was based off a comic?! Holey crap!

Posted by ThanosIsMad

@armiv2 said:

Wait, this was based off a comic?! Holey crap!

That's what I was thinking. This entire time, I was like "Comicvine does movie reviews now? Since when?"

Now I feel silly.

Posted by k4tzm4n

This gets a 4 and Wolverine gets a 3?

Pshhhh. I don't trust CV movie reviews anymore.

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Posted by snarkybits

lol, @k4tzm4n

I was totally unaware that this was a comic book movie. Coolio!

Posted by Super_SoldierXII

@k4tzm4n said:

This gets a 4 and Wolverine gets a 3?

Pshhhh. I don't trust CV movie reviews anymore.

For the record, I thought the 3 was generous.

Hollywood keeps thinking they can get it better than the source material ... and Hollywood keeps failing.

- Adamantium both destructible and readily available? Kick in the pants to the fans.

- Adamantium claws can be severed, but antagonist's weapons are intact after hard impact with Logan's claws with nary an explanation? Whatever.

- No "real" Silver Samurai? No awesome, end scene martial battle tween the two? Robbed.

- Wolverine doesn't know how to wield a katana ... even years later? (Heck, even I knew how to hold one when I was, like, twelve.)

- Tachyon enhancement seems part of the Clan Yashida blade, and nothing to do with the wielder. At least, we're pretty much left to assume this is the case. No explanation. Silly.

- Awkward robot. Nuff said.

I dunno, I was digging it till the end scene took a big, smelly dump on it for me. Shame really. Can't wait till Marvel gets its mitts back on the source material ...

Posted by jwalser3

Didn't even know this was a comic.

Posted by Edamame

Isn't Paula Patton in this film?

Posted by arkay74

No JL Flashpoint Paradox review???

Posted by NightFang

I might just rent this now.

Posted by TheHeat

@k4tzm4n said:

This gets a 4 and Wolverine gets a 3?

Pshhhh. I don't trust CV movie reviews anymore.

This. I stopped relying on CV's reviews the moment they started giving everything 5 stars.

Posted by k4tzm4n
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All I want to know is. Wolverine or 2 Guns? I need something to watch tomorrow.

Posted by Deranged Midget

@k4tzm4n said:

This gets a 4 and Wolverine gets a 3?

Pshhhh. I don't trust CV movie reviews anymore.

Why don't you take your biased opinions elsewhere!

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Posted by buttersdaman000

@k4tzm4n said:

This gets a 4 and Wolverine gets a 3?

Pshhhh. I don't trust CV movie reviews anymore.

For the record, I thought the 3 was generous.

Hollywood keeps thinking they can get it better than the source material ... and Hollywood keeps failing.

- Adamantium both destructible and readily available? Kick in the pants to the fans.

- Adamantium claws can be severed, but antagonist's weapons are intact after hard impact with Logan's claws with nary an explanation? Whatever.

- No "real" Silver Samurai? No awesome, end scene martial battle tween the two? Robbed.

- Wolverine doesn't know how to wield a katana ... even years later? (Heck, even I knew how to hold one when I was, like, twelve.)

- Tachyon enhancement seems part of the Clan Yashida blade, and nothing to do with the wielder. At least, we're pretty much left to assume this is the case. No explanation. Silly.

- Awkward robot. Nuff said.

I dunno, I was digging it till the end scene took a big, smelly dump on it for me. Shame really. Can't wait till Marvel gets its mitts back on the source material ...

Same goes for me man. All my non comic book reader friends were telling me this movie was just as good or even better than MoS so I tried it out even though origns left the WORST taste in my mouth lol. But turns out this movie completely screwed over silver samurai, the one person who i was most excited to see on the big screen more than anyone this year.........even SUPERMAN. I am just soooooo let down by the third act of the movie man lol

But despite my rant, this film is much better than the previous Wolverine and its definitely worth your 10 bucks to see 2 Guns. Spend some money!!!!

Posted by Super_SoldierXII

@buttersdaman000:

Oh, I'll definitely be seeing 2 Guns either tonight, or next week sometime.

Posted by EmperorJosh

Fantastic movie. 2 Guns shouldn't be slept on by anyone. Its really good.

Posted by CrimAldan

Pretty good film! Real funny, whilst being action packed! ..where can I get the comics...?...

Posted by MonsterStomp

Really looking forward to Mark and Washington on-screen together. I've seen the trailer and I'm excited to see it. Looks like there is plenty of humour and an awesome plot to go with.

Posted by The_Titan_Lord

Nice.