The first trailer released for director Baltasar Kormákur’s (Contraband) upcoming buddy cop actioner, 2 Guns, was one of those trailers you might have been better off not watching. It was a full three minutes of footage, it laid the film’s plot out linearly, basically from beginning to end, and for most people that’s probably enough to get into “spoiling the movie” territory.
For people who generally like to preserve the newness of their theater going experience and were too cautious to delve into that first ad, the new red band trailer released for the film might offer up an acceptable alternative, however. This new collection of footage doesn’t say much about the story at all, and it’s such a context-free mishmash of loud noises and macho posturing that it’s unlikely to do anything other than whet your appetite and let you know that the film stars Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg, and Paula Patton’s underwear.
Does 2 Guns look like it’s likely to bring anything new or exciting to the buddy cop genre? Not really. It hardly seems any deeper than your typical rap video, what with its focus on guns and money and bad boy heroes trying their best to look disaffected and cool. Basically, what I’m getting at is, it looks pretty awesome. The film is set to hit theaters on August 2, if you happen to be into awesome-looking things. For everyone else, there’s got to be a local book club meeting or yoga class or something that day as well. Maybe you’d feel more comfortable there.