Friday, August 2, 2013

2 Guns [2013]

MPAA (R)  CNS/USCCB (L)  AVClub (C+)  Fr. Dennis (3 Stars)

IMDb listing
CNS/USCCB (J. Mulderig) review
AV Club (B. Kenigsberg) review

2 Guns [2013] (directed by Baltasar Kormákur, screenplay by Blake Masters, based on Boom! Studio graphic novels by Steven Grant) is a summer "buddy" flick about two under-cover agents, Robert "Bobby" Trench (played by Denzel Washington) and Michael "Stig" Stigman (played by Mark Wahlberg) SOOO DEEP "under cover" that they don't realize that their partner is _also_ an under-cover agent (if from another agency).

Bobby is working from the DEA.  He's trying to get inside and hurt a cross border Mexican drug cartel headed by "Papi Greco" (played by Edward James Olmos).  Stig, working for U.S. Naval Intelligence, is on a "black op" mission to basically do the same thing.  The two zero in on a small bank in the sleepy little town of "Tres Cruces" Texas where Papi Greco's bagmen have been stashing an estimated $3 million in a large safety deposit box.  Their plan is to walk into the bank and steal the $3 million of ill-gotten money, but until they actually do so (and find that there's a heck of a lot more money stashed there than a measly $3 million, more like $43 million...) each thinks that the other is a low-life con artist just trying to steal stolen money from a drug lord (Actually, a dumb/risky thing to do ... but then both up to this point think that the other is basically a good/fun if not particularly bright guy).

So were both surprised to find that the other was actually a federal agent with Bobby simply targeting "Papi's" drug gang while "Stig" was part of arguably an even more ambitious project (His "undercover-op" was going to use the stolen money to finance a "black-op"/"special forces" operation to take-down all the Mexican drug cartels, one at a time, military style).  But both were expecting to find only $3 million.  Where'd the $43 million come from?  Well ... it turned out to be far more complicated than just that ... much, much ensues ... and each of the two and up asking basic questions about who to trust. 

It's a mad, mad, mad world ...

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