Review: This Means War (2012)

This Means War is an action/rom-com film directed by McG or Joseph McGinty Nichol. You probably ( or not) know him as being the executive producer of Supernatural, Nikita, Chuck and so on. 

The plot of this movie is easy and not something we haven’t seen before : two guys fight to try to win over a girl.  FDR Foster (Chris Pine) and Tuck (Tom Hardy) are two CIA agents who happen to start dating the same woman, Lauren (Reese Witherspoon).  The moment they realize that they’re both dating Lauren, they turn everything into a best man wins wager.

First twenty minutes or so of the movie, we get to see their relationship as partners and best friends and their covert mission. I have to say Pine and Hardy do have good on-screen chemistry and make their friendship very believable.

The rest of the movie is turned into a competition between the two men, at first tame and then growing in proportion as they start using government and CIA resources to sabotage each other. Realistic? Nope. Fun? Oh yes.

Chris Pine’s character is a huge womanizer, a playboy with a credit card, not someone you could actually believe is a CIA agent, but that’s ok. He makes a sort of credible transition from that to a guy who cares about something or someone else other than himself.

Tom Hardy’s Tuck I actually believe to be a badass CIA op and the paintball scene with him is really fun and cool to watch. I might think this because I reaally liked him in RocknRolla. Eh.

Lauren and her friend Trish, played by Chelsea Handler, are kinda of annoying at times, the first with her complaints and insecurities and going along with dating two men and Trish ..she’s the cliché best friend any rom-com movie has.

The action scenes are spread around and the way they’re filmed, shaky camera style and quick shots all over, makes it hard to follow. But if you manage to do just that, you’ll get to see some pretty nice fighting.  Also, FDR and Tuck’s case becomes a secondary plot to the romance part of the film, so you only get to see the bad guys now and then. Apart from the fact that they, of course, appear toward the end of the movie to wreak havoc and kidnap Lauren and Trish.

It’s definitely not an original movie, not incredibly smart or witty and definitely not one you’ll want to see a second time.

However, if you take it for what it is, you will enjoy it. It’s funny and entertaining, for the most part.



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