August 2, 2013, - 8:02 pm
It’s August, the pet cemetery where Hollywood sends all crappy movies to die. And that’s why this first August weekend of a very lackluster summer at the movies brings you “2 Guns” at the movies.
2 Guns is a hackneyed, predictable, cop buddy movie, and it’s not even as good as “Tango and Cash.” I felt like I was back in the ’80s, as it has the tired anti-American plot that used to populate such movies back then, in which the “evil” Reagan Administration’s CIA allowed drug dealers to fly drugs into America in exchange for pay-offs. Yes, no Reagan in this movie, but same difference (whether or not Obama is Prez, which isn’t referenced in this movie). It’s also got a stereotypical White South male (with a thick Southern accent, in case you didn’t get it) as its murderous CIA agent chief villain (Bill Paxton). Yup, same old yawnworthy Hollywood with its typical anti-American crap. No thanks. On, top of that, it’s extremely violent, bloody, and just unbelievable.
Oh, and add to that, a blatant statement on the “plight” of “poor” Mexican illegal aliens who are “forced” to smuggle themselves into the United States over harsh terrain at the border, while trying to evade the evil Border Patrol. Hey, just in time for amnesty. In one scene, a Mexican drug lord tells a DEA agent and US Army intelligence agent that they must go back to America “the way you force my people to go there.” Huh? We “force” illegal aliens to violate the law and sneak into our borders under cover of night? Thanks for the tip, Edward James Olmos (who plays drug kingpin Papi Greco).
The “story”: Denzel Washington is an undercover DEA agent trying to set up another guy (Mark Wahlberg) to rob a bank containing $3 million in drug money deposited by drug kingpin Olmos. Mark Wahlberg is an undercover U.S. Army intelligence agent trying to set up another guy (Washington) to do the same. Neither knows the other is an undercover agent, though they eventually find out. But not before they rob the bank and find over $43 million in the safety deposit boxes, not the $3 million. It turns out each has been set up and betrayed by his own agency and a corrupt DEA agent (Washington’s love, Paula Patton) and a corrupt Army commander (James Marsden) have been colluding with each other against them. Also, a vicious CIA agent, who is killing and torturing lots of people is looking for that money and plays Russian roulette on people’s crotches and knees. Or just kills them.
A couple other things: Wahlberg’s commanding officer told him to murder Washington, knowing he is a DEA agent, and then sets out to kill Wahlberg, too, to leave no witnesses. Wahlberg and Washington break into a military base, and Wahlberg gets to the base’s commanding officer to tell on his superior who set him up and ruined his military career. But the commanding officer tells him he won’t help because it will make the Army look bad. Yup, another anti-military movie by Hollywood. Shocker. Both Wahlberg and Washington have been to visit troops overseas (with Washington also giving a lot of money to help our wounded warriors), and it’s kinda hypocritical when they then turn around and make this kind of crap. Connect the dots, guys.
I just can’t recommend this movie. And, so, for the reasons given, I give it . . .
Watch the trailer . . .
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