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In this star vehicle for Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg, the headlights are on full beam but the engine is struggling in second gear. Some will welcome the very notion of an old-school cop movie which hasn’t been CGI-ed up the wazoo, but they’d welcome it even more if it had a plot we cared about and fresher car chases, shootouts and punch-ups. Still, Denzel, splitting the difference between righteous decency and badass mofo, is in cruise control as a bank robber with a secret identity, while Wahlberg surprises us all with a hilarious motormouth turn as the partner in crime with a complex backstory.

In Tex-Mex territory teeming with drug cartels, Washington and Wahlberg choose the wrong bank to rob. Complications escalate to a tiresome degree, leeching the fun from the movie, which is slung together with cold competence (and not much more) by jobbing Icelandic maverick Baltasar Kormákur (‘101 Reykjavik’). Final tally: 30 mins absolutely primo banter, 80 mins gubbins. Occasionally fun, but those numbers don’t quite add up.

Release details

Rated: 15
Release date: Friday August 16 2013
Duration: 109 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Baltasar Kormákur
Screenwriter: Blake Masters
Cast: Mark Wahlberg
Denzel Washington
James Marsden
Edward James Olmos
Bill Paxton

Average User Rating

3.3 / 5

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Joe

Critic Trevor Johnston, like other critics who sound like they watch too much movies are just nit-picking. This was an awesome movie, being the millionth action-comedy-cop movie it's hard to not predict the next move but the twists and turns kept me on the edge of my seat. Wahlberg and Washington did an awesome job with the on-screen chemistry as did the rest of the cast. 5 stars! When it comes down to it, who cares what people like Trevor thinks. Critic wouldn't be a critic if they didn't criticize.

Joe

Critic Trevor Johnston, like other critics who sound like they watch too much movies are just nit-picking. This was an awesome movie, being the millionth action-comedy-cop movie it's hard to not predict the next move but the twists and turns kept me on the edge of my seat. Wahlberg and Washington did an awesome job with the on-screen chemistry as did the rest of the cast. 5 stars! When it comes down to it, who cares what people like Trevor thinks. Critic wouldn't be a critic if they didn't criticize.

cassius

Irrelevant plot is just an excuse for testosterone-fueled action and banter of the leads. if you like Whalberg and Washington, you wont be disappointed.