4 Stars as Washington and Wahlberg work their magic
Robert ‘Bobby’ Trench, (Denzel Washington, Man on Fire) and Michael ‘Stig’ Stigman, (Mark Wahlberg, The Fighter) are trying to build a reputation with the drug cartel run by Papi Greco, (Edward James Olmos, Battlestar Galactica 2004).
But Stig wants to rob a bank because it has some of Papi’s money in it as he wont give him the drugs they paid for.
$3 million can be a big incentive to forgive.
They case the bank out and find that it has a diner across from it, but it sells the best doughnuts in three counties. (Always a bad plan when robbing a bank). First part of the plan, get rid of the diner, then part two, blow up the safe-deposit boxes. They are confused when they find a lot more than $3 million, but being opportunists they take the lot.
Later they find out that they have purloined a very cool $43.125 million. and this is the start of their trouble, as this was a CIA slush fund and Earl, (Bill Paxton, Apollo 13) is not very happy with this turn of events, (As it’s his slush fund). The pair find out that Papi and other Cartel leader pay a 7% levy on all their drug deals for use of CIA planes and a blind eye from Earl. When word gets out that there is $34.125 million of ill gotten gains out there, a lot of people want to get their hands on it especially Papi.
Will the pair get away from the greedy bad people or will they find conflict between themselves? What ensues is a great romp from the Director Baltasar Kormákur, Contraband and based on the Boom Studios Graphic Novel by Seven Grant. With a spark that keeps bouncing back and forth between the two main protagonist it makes this a fun film with plenty of bang for your bucks.
The DVD comes with the obligatory audio commentary the making of, The Good, The Bad and the Sexy, Finding the Vibe, Living Dangerously and Deleted Scenes.