Release year: 2013
Director: Baltasar Korákur
Screenwriter: Blake Masters, Steven Grant (Graphic Novel)
Starring: Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg, Paula patton, Bill Paxton, Edward James Olmos, Robert John Burke, James Marsden
Bobby (Denzel Washington) is a DEA agent working undercover to infiltrate a drug cartel. Stig (Mark Wahlberg) is a naval intelligence officer with the same agenda. Neither of them knows of the others true identity. When they rob the drug cartel’s bank box the circumstances raise the suspicion that they have been used by people higher up in the ranks and soon they are on the run, chased by both friend and enemy.
Directed by Icelandic director Baltasar Kormákur who also worked with Wahlberg on Contraband (2012), this is a pretty standard action comedy with the classic storyline of two tough guys who don’t get along and then are forced to work together. What raises it a bit above the average is the big amount of chemistry between the two leads, making that storyline ring true. They ooze of charm and the banter between them is the most entertaining part of the movie. Though it doesn’t bring much new, it still manages to keep you interested and also delivers some unexpected events. Towards the ending it does tend to get a bit silly, but otherwise the action scenes works well and looks good. The support parts a well filled by the likes of Bill Paxton (Aliens 1986) with a moustaches and clearly enjoying playing mean, James Marsden (X-Men 2000), beautiful Paula Patton (Deja Vu 2006) and Edward James Olmos (Blade Runner 1982) shining as the Mexican drug lord, but in the end it is Washington (Training Day 2001) and Wahlberg’s (Pain & Gain 2013) movie, why it is very fortunate that they also are the ones making this worth seeing.
According to the director and producer of the film, the best lines in the movie was improvised by Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg.
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