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Edward James Olmos - A host of stars turned out for the Disney ABC Television Critics Aassociation Winter Press Tour which was held at the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena, California, United States - Wednesday 14th January 2015

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Edward James Olmos - 6th Annual Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival - Arrivals at Montalban theatre - Hollywood, California, United States - Friday 21st November 2014

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Lisa Vidal, Judy Reyes, Eva Longoria, Ana Ortiz, Edward James Olmos and Gina Rodriguez - A variety of stars attended the Eva Longoria Foundation Dinner at the Beso Retaurant in Hollywood, California, United States - Thursday 9th October 2014

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Edward James Olmos and Jeremy Ray Valdez - The 2013 Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival - Opening Night Gala Premiere of 'Pablo' at the El Capitan Theatre - Los Angeles, CA, United States - Thursday 10th October 2013

2 Guns Review

What looks like a rather standard buddy action comedy is elevated by a smarter-than-normal script, skilful direction and surprisingly offhanded chemistry between Washington and Wahlberg. In addition to the usual action chaos, the film lets big issues gurgle under the surface while refusing to play it safe. For example, the villain here is the US government, rather than some cliched foreign nutcase.

It's set on the US-Mexico border, where smooth operator Bobby (Washington) is working with fast-talking Stig (Wahlberg) to make a deal with the drug kingpin Papi Greco (Olmos). When they decide to rob a local bank to get his attention, the whole situation blows up in their faces. Not only does it emerge that both are undercover federal agents (Bobby with the DEA and Stig with Navy Intelligence), but their bosses (Burke and Marsden, respectively) are unwilling to protect them. Even Bobby's colleague-girlfriend (Patton) can't really help. And now they're being chased by everyone, including Papi and a swaggering killer (Paxton) with connections to the CIA.

The rather crazy plot demands that we pay attention as each of these factions is brought into focus, and it's refreshing to see a big movie that never abandons its own internal logic. Everything does indeed fit together into a larger picture, and since Bobby and Stig are alone in trying to figure it out, we happily go with them. Washington and Wahlberg are having a lot of fun with these characters as they jostle against each other in various displays of messy bravado. Opposite them, Patton has a thankless sexy-female role, but Olmos is quietly fierce, and Paxton steals every scene as a cocky, sneering villain who leaves a trail of destruction in his wake.

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US Weekend Box Office: '2 Guns' Shoots Past 'The Smurfs 2' To No.1

Tags: Denzel Washington - Mark Wahlberg - Paula Patton - Fred Ward - James Marsden - Edward James Olmos - Bill Paxton

2 Guns shoots to the top of the US Weekend Box Office grossing, on its opening weekend, over $27 million.

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Denzel Washington at the premiere of 2 Guns at the SVA Theatre, New York.

2 Guns stars Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. The cast also includes Paula Patton, Bill Paxton, Fred Ward, James Marsden and Edward James Olmos. The film follows a DEA agent and a naval intelligence officer on the run after failing to infiltrate a drug cartel.

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