Channel 4: PREMIERE Saturday 28 November, 9.00pm
Working the Tex-Mex border, crime partners Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg are both, unknown to the other, undercover agents. After they’re set up on a bank job – taking money from an outfit bigger and badder than the Mob – the narcs are narked with each other. (In rather more entertaining circumstances, Walter Matthau robbed the Mob-owned Tres Cruces Bank in Don Siegel’s 1973 classic, Charley Varrick.) These two Dubyas are deep in Sam Peckinpah territory but they act like they’re in a Quentin Tarantino movie.
The constant childish banter badly undercuts any tension. The blunt direction, by Wahlberg’s Contraband buddy Baltasar Kormákur, is barely functional and too often tightly framed even for a TV screen. Bullet to the Head (Channel 4 Sunday) is much more fun. But then director Walter Hill’s a veteran in the no-nonsense style of Mr Siegel. And he wrote The Getaway for Peckinpah. 2 Guns does pick up once it dampens down the opening pose but for any sense of danger it needed to be a whole heap nastier, not funnier. What it clearly lacks is any of Tony Scott’s manic Man on Fire energy. Denzel, playing it cagey as usual, and a gleefully sadistic Bill Paxton certainly seem up for that.
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