First Trailer for 2 GUNS

The first trailer for director Baltasar Kormákur's 2 Guns has premiered and it at least looks to be more entertaining and mind numbing than his previous collaboration with Mark Wahlberg, Contraband. I wasn't a huge fan of that film finding it to be extremely mediocre with no truly redeeming qualities. Still, Wahlberg is white hot right now (though I wonder why they didn't wait to premiere this before Pain & Gain later in April) and Denzel Washington is coming off a great year with the commercial successes of Safe House and Flight as well as his Oscar nomination for the latter. Teaming these two up seems like a no-brainer and a way for the studios to try and capture that Lethal Weapon magic in a bottle while cashing in on it late this summer. I will see this film, and am even somewhat looking forward to it but for no other reason than the fact it stars these two guys. If it were a cast of unknowns with an independent director looking for distribution there would be no reason to pick this up. I only hope the studio realizes that and plays up the relationship between Wahlberg and Washington both in the marketing and in the final film. There are some other reasons to be hopeful here despite the horrible poster. The tone implies they have a sense of self-awareness around what kind of movie this is and there are several hints at comedy as well which will likely be a relief as summer draws to a close. I'm not necessarily turned off by the trailer, but I'll be very surprised if the movie doesn't play out exactly how I think it will after seeing this. The film also stars Bill Paxton, Paula Patton, James Marsden, and Edward James Olmos. 2 Guns opens August 2nd. Hit the jump to watch the trailer.

Synopsis: Academy Award® winner Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg lead an all-star cast in 2 GUNS, an explosive action film that tracks two operatives from competing bureaus who are forced on the run together. But there is a big problem with their unique alliance: Neither knows that the other is an undercover federal agent. 

For the past 12 months, DEA agent Bobby Trench (Washington) and U.S. naval intelligence officer Marcus Stigman (Wahlberg) have been reluctantly attached at the hip. Working undercover as members of a narcotics syndicate, each man distrusts his partner as much as the criminals they have both been tasked to take down. 

When their attempt to infiltrate a Mexican drug cartel and recover millions goes haywire, Trench and Stigman are suddenly disavowed by their superiors. Now that everyone wants them in jail or in the ground, the only person they can count on is the other. Unfortunately for their pursuers, when good guys spend years pretending to be bad, they pick up a few tricks along the way.

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