2 Guns

One of the many projects that David O. Russell’s attached himself to and then detached himself from over the past several years is 2 Guns, an adaptation of a graphic novel by Steven Grant. He originally had Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson in mind for the lead roles, as two undercover federal agents who don’t realize the other is a lawman.

The picture fell into Baltasar Kormákur‘s hands after Russell left, with Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington starring. While Kormákur’s version doesn’t look quite as hilarious as Russell’s sounded, it’s retained an appealing streak of buddy-comedy humor that sets it apart from the other grim, gritty thrillers at the multiplex.

The film opens later this week, and Universal is making one last push with a final red-band trailer. Watch it after the jump.

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’2 Guns’ Trailer: You Saw That Move Coming?

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2 Guns obviously isn’t a thriller, because it gives up the basic mystery right off the bat: apparent bank robbers Bobby (Denzel Washington) and Marcus (Mark Wahlberg) are really undercover agents, each of which doesn’t realize the other is also a lawman. Forced to team up after being disavowed in the wake of a messy operation, the two get into the sort of comedic action shenanigans that powered the mid-’80s career of Mel Gibson.

Director Baltasar Kormakur worked with Wahlberg on Contraband. (Which remade Reykjavik-Rotterdam, in which Kormakur starred.) This trailer suggests something a bit more fun, as it displays what seems like a deep love (or an abiding envy) for the films of Shane Black. It also suggests real silliness, as evidenced by what could be a very entertaining appearance from Bill Paxton, who drawls lines like “have I properly incentivized you?”

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First Look: ’30 Minutes or Less’

Columbia Pictures have released the first official photo from Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer‘s upcoming action comedy 30 Minutes Or Less. The film stars Jessie Eisenberg (Zombieland, The Social Network) as a small town pizza delivery guy who is kidnapped by two wanna-be criminal masterminds (Danny McBride and Nick Swardson) and is forced to rob a bank. The film also features Aziz Ansari, Nick Swardson, Fred Ward and Michael Pena. Check out the first photo after the jump.

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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?

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Elias Koteas has never been one of the more high-profile character actors out there, but he’s always one of my favorites. (Not because of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, where he played Casey Jones, but for films like Crash and The Adjuster.) Directors like David Fincher and Martin Scorsese have started using Koteas, which has increased his profile, and now he’s cast in Winnie, the biopic about Winnie Mandela.

He joins Terrence Howard and Jennifer Hudson, who play Nelson and Winnie Mandela. Koteas will be De Vries, “an overzealous officer in the apartheid police stage who rises in power and becomes intent on stopping Winnie and the black anti-apartheid activists from gaining power.” So not a role that audiences will look kindly on, but a major role. I’ll take it. [THR]

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Armored Movie Trailer 2

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Screen Gems has released a second trailer for the action-thriller Armored. This film looks like one of those middle of the road action movies you don’t hear about before or after it hits theaters – it just seems to float in and out of existence. But since director Nimrod Antal is signed up to direct Predators, the Robert Rodriguez-produced Predator reboot for 20th Century Fox, everyone is taking a bit more notice.

The film tells the story of “a crew of officers at an armored transport security firm risk their lives when they embark on the ultimate heist….against their own company. Armed with a seemingly fool-proof plan, the men plan on making off with a fortune with harm to none. But when an unexpected witness interferes, the plan quickly unravels and all bets are off.” Starring Matt Dillon, Jean Reno, Laurence Fishburne, Skeet Ulrich, Amaury Nolasco, Andre Jamal Kinney, Milo Ventimiglia, Fred Ward and Columbus Short. Watch the trailer embedded after the jump. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Armored Movie Trailer

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Screen Gems has released the first trailer for Nimrod Antal‘s heist thriller Armored. To be completely honest with you, I haven’t really heard much about this film before the trailer was just released on Apple. And for good reason, this film looks like one of those middle of the road action movies you don’t hear about before or after it hits theaters – it just seems to float in and out of existence.

The movie tells the story of “a crew of officers at an armored transport security firm risk their lives when they embark on the ultimate heist….against their own company.  Armed with a seemingly fool-proof plan, the men plan on making off with a fortune with harm to none.  But when an unexpected witness interferes, the plan quickly unravels and all bets are off.”

The film stars Matt Dillon, Jean Reno, Laurence Fishburne, Skeet Ulrich, Amaury Nolasco, Andre Jamal Kinney, Milo Ventimiglia, Fred Ward and Columbus Short. Watch the trailer embedded after the jump. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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