Synopsis / Credits: Read on IMDB

Should you watch this movie? If you live outside of Belgium chances are you already have. If you didn’t then sure, go watch. It has a fab all-star cast with great performances and a ton of fun.

20131024-090734.jpgTake a look at that movie poster… That’s right, it premiered August 2nd. But I live in Belgium and that means I get to watch movie when they past its prime, so to speak. It’s very annoying. Well, eventually I got to see this one, some movies don’t even make it here! 2 Guns is an action, comedy thriller starting Mark Whalberg and Denzel Washington as two partners in crime who soon realize they are both undercover agents working trying to infiltrate a drung cartel and pretty much working against the other. The film also starts Bill Paxton, Paula Patton, James Marsden, and Edward James Olmos.

The movie is formulaic, but it’s fun. Whalberg and Washington have pretty different acting styles and overall personas, but they happen to have great chemistry on screen. Quite an enjoyable pair to watch. The plot is interesting, easy to follow, and the bullets plenty. Action movie fans will find a good flick in 2 Guns.
I really wish I had something else to say, but that’s about it. Now unto ratings….

Bechdel Test: Fail
1. It has to have at least two [named] women in it Paula Patton plays the female lead, and she has lines. There are also a couple of waitresses with name tags and lines. Nothing ground breaking for the feminist movement, really.
2. Who talk to each other
3. About something besides a man

Does it matter? Well it kind of does. Paula Patton’s character was unnecessary to the story except as gratuitous sex object. Another dude could’ve taken her place (how very convenient for man-loving dudes watching). Heck, with a couple of backstory re-writes, a monkey in a dress could’ve taken her place. I don’t mean that because her acting skills were so appaling, but because the way her character was written warranted one role: eye candy.

Despite the shortcomings on the female stereotying part, the movie was enjoyable and I didn’t feel like writing a long and stern scolding letter to the producers.

Paola’s mood after watching this movie:


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