playing the straight guy and playing a comedic foil are roles we've seen numerous times from both actors, but in 's new 2 Guns, they're doing it together. Kormákur and Wahlberg have previously worked together on Contraband, so the director was eager to step into the director's chair after left the film, presumably for his American Hustle.
Here's the synopsis:
Academy Award® winner Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg lead an all-star cast in 2 Guns, an explosive action film that tracks two operatives from competing bureaus who are forced on the run together. But there is a big problem with their unique alliance: Neither knows that the other is an undercover federal agent. For the past 12 months, DEA agent Bobby Trench (Washington) and U.S. naval intelligence officer Marcus Stigman (Wahlberg) have been reluctantly attached at the hip. Working undercover as members of a narcotics syndicate, each man distrusts his partner as much as the criminals they have both been tasked to take down. When their attempt to infiltrate a Mexican drug cartel and recover millions goes haywire, Trench and Stigman are suddenly disavowed by their superiors. Now that everyone wants them in jail or in the ground, the only person they can count on is the other. Unfortunately for their pursuers, when good guys spend years pretending to be bad, they pick up a few tricks along the way.
It has a tone that's hard to put your finger on, no? I almost feel as if this would have been better served had they played it completely straight. As it is, it seems as if half the cast is playing it like a gritty mob thriller and the two leads are playing it like a comedic buddy cop flick, but perhaps it will all be more clear as future trailers are released.
In any case, Washington and Wahlberg are always top-notch in any film they're in, and it will be interesting to see how their chemistry plays out on the screen. I feel as if they should have already been in a movie together, don't you? Maybe we can play the '6 Degrees of Separation' game in the comments.
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