Hey everyone… we’re finally getting a new buddy cop movie! Kind of.
The genre was an industry unto itself throughout the ’80s and into the ’90s, but somewhere along the line Hollywood stopped producing them. Or they at least stopped producing good ones. (I’m looking at you Cop Out.) The drought may be ending this summer though as we’re getting two high profile buddy cop flicks. First up is the Sandra Bullock/Melissa McCarthy comedy The Heat on June 28th, and then in early August things kick in to high gear with 2 Guns.
The Baltasar Kormákur-directed film stars Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg as good guys playing bad guys who don’t know that the other is actually a good guy too. Crazy! An assignment goes awry, and the two are forced to work together to bring down the real bad guy. Explosions and insults ensue. Check out the first trailer for 2 Guns below, but be warned… it’s the entire movie in three minutes.
First off, this looks like a lot of fun. Washington and Wahlberg both excel with characters who are allowed to cut loose and be funny, and adding gunplay, pyrotechnics and Bill Paxton into the mix just makes it look even better. There’s a definite Shane Black-vibe going on, and that’s rarely a bad thing.
The action also impresses, and well it again benefits from capable leads some credit should go to Kormákur too. His American debut was the Wahlberg-led Contraband which for all its issues featured some impressive small-scale action.
And thirdly… hello Paula Patton.
But I can’t say as I’m a fan of how much plot and story this trailer gives away. Three minutes is too long for a trailer anyway, and it seems pretty clear that this one includes glimpses of scenes that take place well into the third act.
2 Guns hits theaters on August 2nd, 2013.