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Movie Review: This Means War


Title: This Means War
Cast:
Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine, Tom HardyChelsea Handler
Director:  McG
Writing Credits:
Timothy Dowling, Simon KinbergMarcus Gautesen
Distributor: 20th Century Fox
Running Time: 97 Minutes
Philippine Release Date:
22 February 2012

Official Movie Synopsis:
The world’s deadliest CIA operatives are inseparable partners and best friends until they fall for the same woman. Having once helped bring down entire enemy nations, they are now employing their incomparable skills and an endless array of high-tech gadgetry against their greatest nemesis ever – each other.

Official Movie Trailer:

Review In A Nutshell:
For 97 minutes worth of easy but fun entertainment, This Means War packs a lot and gives you a good dose of endorphins enough to forget some of the movie’s sorry plot points.

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The premise of This Means War is simple enough to grasp: two guys fall for the same woman. However, the two guys happen to be CIA’s best agents who end up using the agency’s resources and their expertise to spy on each other’s dates in a battle of who gets the girl.

An Awkward Meeting (© 2011 - Twentieth Century Fox)

This Means War is perhaps one of the funniest movies I have seen so far. I knew I was in for a laugh fest but I didn’t realize it was that much. I enjoyed the dynamics of the four actors; each held their own ground while on screen. Chris Pine’s FDR reminded me a bit of Kirk.  Reese Witherspoon’s Lauren satisfied my longing for seeing the actress in a romantic comedy again.  Chelsea Handler’s Trish brought that hint of sarcastic wit which was a good foil against Lauren’s indecisiveness.  However, I would have to say that I loved Tom Hardy (Tuck) as I didn’t expect him to be the sentimental, one-woman guy but he pulled it off well. Tom’s acting was convincing enough to the point where I wanted Reese out of the picture and that he sticks with his real love, Chris. Hahaha. I’m sorry but bromance rules. 😉

McG — most known for the Charlie’s Angels movies — knew what he wanted in This Means War and he got it: romance, comedy, action with a bit of drama on the side (of Tom Hardy). It’s a formula I’m familiar with and I’m happy he’s consistent.

This Means War doesn’t market itself as anything else than what can be inferred from the official trailer and while it doesn’t really fare well with critics — check out its rating over at Rotten Tomatoes — I think movie goers will generally enjoy it.  For 97 minutes worth of easy but fun entertainment, This Means War packs a lot and gives you a good dose of endorphins enough to forget some of the movie’s sorry plot points.

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My Rating:
4 out of 5 stars

My Two Cents:
Please do your stressed self a favor and watch it in a cinema near you. Watch it with your friends, family members (except kids, of course, due to the language used), co-workers, etc. We all need to be entertained once in a while and this movie is definitely worth the ticket.

Other Fun Stuff:
– This Means War Interviews (or where Tom Hardy looks extremely adorkable)