Michael Bay you can have my monies!!!
TwittReview: Mark Wahlberg leads a stellar cast in The Gambler. A brilliant movie about self-destruction, second chances, and making life the way you want it.
Grade 5 out of 5.
Based on the Boom Studio’s comic of the same name, 2 Guns is a story about two undercover agents working toward the same cause but not knowing that each other is undercover for their respective Government Agency. DEA Agent Bobby Trench (Denzel Washington) is tasked with catching a drug king-pin from Mexico but also in trapping the “partner” he’s using to get to that goal. Naval Intelligence Agent Marcus Stigman (Mark Wahlberg) is tasked with the same thing. On their run from the cartel they find out that each is not who they say they are and that their common goal has taken on a twist that neither expected.
That plot may seem like it would make a great James Bond style movie with intrigue and action and adventure. But in 2 Guns we get a buddy-cop film with lots of laughs from Wahlberg’s character as Washington is the “straight” guy. It is a modern Riggs and Murtough with the interactions between Trench and Stigman and I could see them making a series out of these movies. And yes, I know that Boom Studios just released a 3 Guns sequel so who knows if material from that story will make it to the big screen but it wouldn’t surprise me if it did.
So what did I think of the movie? I’ll change it up this week and give you a tease before the break….it was lots of fun! Click below to keep on reading.
Grade: 4 our of 5
Pain & Gain is a movie so crazy, so out there, so “Michael Bay” that it’s hard to even think that the events in front of you really took place. It’s even harder to rationalize that three body builders from Miami in 1994 staged a staggering heist that netted them wealth beyond their dreams. Pain & Gain is a look into the have’s and have-not’s and don’t let the comedy fool you as these were bad men that did bad things to get where they got. And by the end, when the credits show the actor’s images next to the images of the actual people they portrayed, you realize that this did happen and that real people got hurt and killed between October 1994 and June 1995.
Mark Wahlberg plays Daniel Lugo, a personal trainer at Sun Gym located in Miami, Florida. He has big dreams and wants more and feels that the universe owes it to him. He concocts a plan with co-worker Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie) and fellow gym-nut Paul Doyle (Dwayne”The Rock” Johnson) to steal the wealth of businessman Victor Pepe Kershaw (Tony Shalhoub) whom also happens to be a client of his at the gym. Needless to say these three are not the best at executing a crime and it’s this comedy of errors that drive the plot of Pain & Gain.
Grade: 4 out of 5 stars
Allen Hughes (Menace II Society) shows that he can do the gritty city thriller here in the 21st Century with Broken City. Meanwhile, Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe and Catherine Zeta-Jones have a grand old time getting into their characters and playing the ol’ double/triple cross. It’s a fun film that isn’t tough to follow — a nice bit of work that, considering all the maneuvering these characters get into — but delivers a fast-paced look at corruption and the lengths people will go to cover their tracks.
Billy Taggart (Mark Wahlberg) is an ex-cop that quit the NYPD under less-than-perfect circumstances. Seven years later he’s a PI that’s trying to make ends meet, when he gets a call from NYC Mayor Hostetler (Russell Crowe). Who happens to be the former police chief, don’cha know. Seems the Mayor wants Taggart to see who the Mayor’s wife (Catherine Zeta-Jones) is sleeping with, other than the Mayor. Taggart obliges, but is it about adultery, or is the Mayor after something else?