If you are looking for a movie with an intricate plot that is thought provoking this ain’t it. If you’re looking for a movie that you will be discussing with other people for the next few weeks, keep looking. But if you want to have some fun for an hour and 45 minutes while eating over priced popcorn and soda, and the candy you snuck in, this just might be for you.
First, it’s got Denzel in it. Second, did you just hear me say it’s got Denzel in it? That really should cover it. I have never sat down and watched a movie with Denzel Washington and been disappointed. Even if the movie is so-so, Denzel is awesome. No matter what character he is playing you immediately accept him as that guy. If you don’t love Denzell don’t bother emailing me, I’ve already got you blocked.
In this movie he plays Bobby Trench an undercover DEA agent that is trying to bust a drug dealer named Popi, played by James Olmos. He is partnered up what he thinks is a crook named Stig played by Mark Whalberg.
Stig is actually working for Naval Intelligence and he thinks Bobby is a criminal. They rob a bank they think is holding 3 million dollars of Popi’s money. It turns out they come away with over 43 million and it belongs to the CIA. The CIA sends Earl, played by Bill Paxton, to get it back. There is a girl. There’s always a girl, and her name is Deb and she is played by Paula Patton. Deb works with the DEA and has an on again, off again relationship with Bobby.
There are twists and double crosses throughout the movie and sometimes things don’t make a lot of sense but that’s not a problem because watching the relationship between Bobby and Stig is just fun. The chemistry between Wahlberg and Denzell works and that carries the movie.
The only thing more nonstop than the snappy dialog is the action. Bill Paxton really goes over the top as the bad CIA guy who is going to get the money back no matter what he has to do or who he has to kill.
It’s Rated R for Violence, language and some nudity.
This movie is not great by any means, and without Denzell and Whalberg it wouldn’t be worth a second glance, but I enjoyed every minute. And when it comes down to it, that’s what you pay for.
My Score: 4 Ice Cold Buds