The short and sweet version is as follows: 2 Guns delivers everything that I’d expect from light and entertaining action-movie fare, and even does some of it decently well. It does not, however, exceed expectations, and even dips below them at a point or two. This comes despite the presence of fairly good actors and a potentially highly interesting premise, hence the title of my review. Maybe seeing Denzel Washington across from Mark Wahlberg got me too excited?
I’m not saying that 2 Guns is bad. It might even be above average for an action-movie (though where the mean lies is difficult for me to determine, given the prevalence of outliers and misleading clumps in the data). But I don’t think that it will stick around in our collective memory for any considerable period of time, except perhaps as inspiration for something that could have been done a bit better.
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