I never got the chance to check out 2 Guns when it hit theaters earlier this year, and I know quite a few others missed it as well. Now that Universal's buddy cop film has hit blu-ray, they gave us the chance to check it out early in order to help you guys decide whether or not it's worth adding to your collection at home.
Hmmmm...I like Denzel Washington, I really do. Normally I'm not big on Mark Wahlberg but the man is starting to grow on me quite a bit. This movie slaps them together in a pairing you wouldn't think could work out, but for some reason it does. Unfortunately, that seems to be about the only thing that works in this movie. The two actors play off of each other surprisingly well and watching their dynamic was most certainly the highlight of the film.
It's a shame then, that the rest of the movie couldn't be similarly fun. It's not that it's a terrible film, it's just very formulaic and feels more like something spurred from the 90s action movies rather than moving the genre forward in any way. It has it's fun moments, to be sure, but on the whole it won't leave you wanting anything more out of it.
Truthfully, if you were to catch this movie being played on the TV down the road, it's a great way to kill some time and be temporarily enjoyed, but there's no lasting appeal here. I would have loved to see a better script that took advantage of the charisma between Washington and Wahlberg.
Audio and Visual
Visually the blu-ray is a good transfer that looks crisp and clear on the screen. However, considering the color pallette for the film overall is rather dark and bland, it doesn’t feel like your TV is getting put through it’s paces either. It’s not a flashy movie and your eyes won’t be dazzled, but at the least it’s a good clear picture for you to enjoy.
The sound isn’t too bad either, and considering the amount of gunplay and explosions, it’ll sound really nice coming through your surround sound. The problem, however, is that if you don’t have surround sound setup at home, you’re going to run into the issue of having the dialog really low, while everything is incredibly loud. It’s something I can’t stand, and several blu-rays lately seem to take this problem into account.
2 Guns does not and you’ll be cranking up the volume to hear the dialog (even though it’s secondary to the action anyway) just so that you can have your eardrums explode when the shooting starts. Sure, it’s not a huge issue for a lot of people, but for those like me who have a very young child, and have to wait for them to go to bed before watching these things, it’s a pain in the ass.
The blu-ray combo pack comes with these special features on the disc:
THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE SEXY: Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg, Paula Patton, Bill Paxton, Edward James Olmos and James Marsden talk about what it was like to play their characters.
FINDING THE VIBE: This featurette reveals how the rich world of 2 Guns was brought to life.
LIVING DANGEROUSLY: Crash, smash and detonate alongside Hollywood’s best stuntmen and coordinators, as we watch the filming of 2 Guns’ action.
BLU-RAY™ AND DVD BONUS FEATURES:
· DELETED AND EXTENDED SCENES
· UNDERCOVER AND INTO ACTION: Find out how the writing styles of graphic novelist Steven Grant and screenwriter Blake Masters merged to create one of the year’s most original scripts.
· FEATURE COMMENTARY with Director Baltasar Kormákur and Producer Adam Siegel.
They’re all fairly short and feature nothing beyond the descriptions you see. They aren’t terrible, and offer more than your average blu-ray, but it’s nothing incredibly special either. In short, your decision on whether or not to purchase this blu-ray isn’t going to come down to the special features.