ANDREW COLLINS: FILM OF THE DAY 2 Guns★★★★ 9.00-11.10pm Film4
I make no highfalutin claims for this wise-cracking, pistol-packing action movie, but it’s a perfectly daft, undemanding way to spend an hour and a half or so, whose sheer firepower may require you to wear earplugs. But then you’d miss the macho banter between Denzel Washington’s DEA agent and Mark Wahlberg’s undercover Navy SEAL as they shoot their way across the Tex-Mex border and back while attempting to pin something on grizzled drug lord Edward James Olmos and defy moustachioed black-ops man Bill Paxton. Blake Masters finesses the story from a comic by Steven Grant but the film retains its hyperreal graphic style under Icelandic director Baltasar Kormakur (who would rein in the excesses for the more accomplished Everest). I was offended by the scene in which chickens are buried up to their necks as target practice, but if you can treat this as hi-jinx, 2 Guns will provide otherwise guilt-free kicks.
Airplane director Jerry Zucker (ever to be known thus because it’s still the high point of his career behind the camera?) brings us this zany comedy in which an billionaire casino boss (John Cleese) stages a race from Vegas to New Mexico for which the winners will trouser a cool $2 million. Those in pursuit include Whoopi Goldberg and Rowan Atkinson in what is a good old-fashioned chase movie.
Based on the album by The Who, this fab Swingin’ Sixties tale sees outcast Phil Daniels finally attaining a level of acceptance when he joins a group of mods fighting running battles with rockers in bank holiday Brighton.
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