Baltasar Kormákur

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You’d be forgiven for walking into 2 Guns with modest expectations of it being little more than a passable buddy action/comedy. After all, this hasn’t exactly been a banner year for the sub-genre thanks to recent releases like R.I.P.D. and The Lone Ranger stinking up the movie houses, and beyond Paul Feig’s The Heat you’d be hard pressed to name an example that was even pretty good. But regardless of how you enter 2 Guns you’ll be walking out with a big goddamn smile on your face because this is one of the most consistently entertaining buddy cop movies in years. Bobby (Denzel Washington) is an undercover DEA agent paired up with an undercover Navy officer named Stig (Mark Wahlberg), and they’re both working against the clock to take down a murderous Mexican drug lord. Their plan hits a few snags though, chief among them the fact that both men think the other is actually a criminal, but vying for that top position is a robbery that sees the duo on the hook for over forty million dollars in dirty money. Disowned by their respective agencies and on the run from both the good guys and the bad guys, Bobby and Stig are forced to work together if they want to make it out of this mess alive. Look, I didn’t say it was all that original, but that doesn’t stop it from being a hell of a lot of fun.

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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.

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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.

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In a movie climate that’s mostly concerned with alien invasions and superhero showdowns, we haven’t gotten a good, old-fashioned man vs. nature disaster movie in a while. So, in tribute to the summer that brought us both Deep Impact and Armageddon, and the summer that brought us both Dante’s Peak and Volcano, Hollywood now has two movies about climbing Mount Everest in development. The first one, that we’ve already heard about, is called Everest, it’s going to be directed by Doug Liman, and it stars Tom Hardy as George Mallory, a British man who tried to scale Everest three times in the 1920s and eventually died on the mountain. Deadline has the rundown of the second Everest film that’s now being developed. It, confusingly, is also going by the simple title of Everest, but it’s going to tell the much more recent tale of a big winter storm that hit the mountain in 1996, while there were three different ongoing climbing expeditions, and led to the death of eight people. Baltasar Kormákur (Contraband) is set to direct the film, which shouldn’t be much of a stretch for him, given the fact that he made a stranded in Arctic waters movie called The Deep last year. The big news though is that Christian Bale is in early talks to star in the film, which should give it the star power necessary to go up against a dueling mountain movie that stars Tom Hardy.

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Kevin Carr

This week, Fat Guy Kevin Carr recovers from his colossal failure in getting any of his votes in the Critic’s Choice Movie Awards to count (except for A Separation for best foreign film, but who didn’t think that would win?) by engaging in therapy via multiplex. Unfortunately, it’s January, and his only choices were Marky Mark and the Smuggling Bunch or Queen Latifah going mano-y-mano with the robot Dolly Parton. He opts for the action film, but he may have also fallen asleep during it. How soon until good movies are released again?

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The first trailer for Mark Wahlberg’s upcoming team-up with Icelandic director Baltasar Kormákur, Contraband, has hit, and it packs just about every action movie trope that you can think of into two and a half minutes. First off, Wahlberg plays a former criminal, who “got out of the life” and started a family. Then there’s the matter of a trouble-making brother (or in this case brother-in-law) who does something stupid and draws the protagonist back into doing “one last job.” We get the development of the wife and family being kidnapped, and even a Mexican stand-off with everybody pointing guns at each other. Pretty much this movie has everything an action fan could want. Check out the first trailer after the break.

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