starring Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg, Paula Patton, Bill Paxton, James Marsden, Edward James Olmos and Fred Ward
screenplay by Blake Masters
directed by Baltasar Kormákur
Based on the Boom! Studios graphic novels by Steven Grant, it was pretty good for a movie based on a comic book. This is a comedy of errors. Two drug dealing partners, unbeknownst to each other, are actually undercover federal U.S. agents. One is an undercover Drug Enforcement Agent, the other a U.S. Navy Intelligence officer. Their partnership is the traditional good guy-bad guy, white cop-black cop, straight man-weirdo dichotomy.
After their failure to capture a Mexican drug lord on drug charges the pair rob a bank of what they believe is drug cartel money in order to lure the drug lord into custody on money laundering charges. Instead they discover they have stolen dirty CIA money and now the CIA is out to get them. Along the way they encounter corruption and betrayal among their own agencies and back door dealing between the drug cartels and U.S. authorities. And a lot of bloodthirsty people.
I found the story difficult to follow. It twists and turns and moves fast. But it was funny in a quirky way and all the loose ends were tied up. Overall it was pretty good fun.