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'2 Guns' has a none-too-original premise

'2 Guns' follows Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg as two men infiltrating a drug cartel who don't know the other is undercover.

By Peter RainerFilm critic / August 2, 2013

'2 Guns' stars Denzel Washington (l.) and Mark Wahlberg (r.).

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Baltasar Kormákur’s “2 Guns” is based on a graphic novel by Steven Grant, and it’s plenty graphic but none too novel. Denzel Washington plays a DEA agent who has been working for 12 months alongside Mark Wahlberg’s naval intelligence officer. The catch is, both undercover, they each think the other is a member of the Mexican drug cartel they are seeking to infiltrate.

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It’s essentially a buddy-cop romp with the usual assortment pack of graphic gruesomeness. Washington and Wahlberg have enough fast-patter chemistry to ensure the inevitable sequel. Grade: C+ (Rated R for violence throughout, language and brief nudity.)


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