As we get into the dog days of summer the movie landscape starts getting a little sparse, with a few tumbleweeds drifting across the view. Many of the big names have already hit the big screen. And though there are a few more anticipated movies coming down the pike, every week can’t be a blockbuster. This is one them. We’ve got a couple of guns and little blue things to talk about.
Just remember, I'm not reviewing these movies, but rather predicting where they'll end up on the Tomatometer. Let's take a look at what This Rotten Week has to offer.
Here’s the thing. You could pitch me a movie about two traveling Encyclopedia salesman in worn out, polyester brown suits who basically just walk the streets and chat, and I’d say, “Are you nuts? Why would I like that?” Then you’d say, “starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg,” and I’d be in line buying tickets.
Though the concept behind 2 Guns appears fairly canned (unlikely buddy cop movie about two agents reluctantly paired up to clear their names), the result could be a 1+1=3 sort of deal. Both Washington and Wahlberg have a knack for taking average material and bringing it up a few notches with their respective chops. Though they go about it in different ways, Washington’s lackadaisical intensity against Wahlberg’s nice guy/ tough guy mix, both dudes have been known to elevate mediocre movies into the level of “Hmm, I think I’d watch that again” territory. Here I’m thinking flicks like, Contraband-51%, Shooter-48%, The Book of Eli-48%, and my personal guilty pleasure Man on Fire-38%. Now understand, these are not their best movies any means, nor are they their worst. Rather these are the kind of movies, that left with a different non-Wahlberg, non-Washington protagonist would have surely disappeared into the ether never to be seen again. Instead, they are basic cable, spend your lazy Sunday with them kind of flicks because these dudes just bring it on screen.
Director Baltasar Kormakur worked with Wahlberg on Contraband as well as helming a bunch of other Icelandic films I can’t pronounce. Here he takes another crack at the American action flick, appearing to essentially throw Washington and Wahlberg up on screen hoping they can carry the film past a story that looks like an infinite number of other cop/ government agent movies. I like its chances for finishing right in the middle, a movie that without these two players would surely disappear, but could become a guilty pleasure, boom-boom vehicle with a few cheap laughs. That’s what Washington and Wahlberg can provide. The Rotten Watch for 2 Guns is