Monday, February 27, 2012

Review: This Means War [2012]

Release Date: 17 February 2012 (USA), 23 February 2012 (Malaysia)
Directed By: McG
Written By: Timothy Dowling, Simon Kinberg, Marcus Gautesen
Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine, Tom Hardy, Chelsea Handler
Duration: 97 minutes
In A Nutshell:
FDR (played by Chris Pine) and Tuck (played by Tom Hardy) are best friends and also two of the world's best CIA operatives. They both fall for the same girl, Lauren (played by Reese Witherspoon) and end-up competing with one another for her affections. Both men uses every CIA resources available to them from espionage intelligence to hi-tech gadgetry to win her heart over and also to screw the other guy's plans.
Thumbs Up:
+ Surprisingly more laughs and fun than originally expected
+ Energetic performances from the main trio
+ At 97 minutes long, doesn't drag-on longer than it should
Thumbs Down:
- Predictable and clichéd storyline that is void of any substance
- An abundance of illogical aspects at every corner

The Verdict Is In:
The first quarter of a year is never a good period for viewing newly released movies. Everyone is still busy looking back at the previous year and also focusing on the current awards season. Therefore studios rarely release any memorable films during this interval. With this in mind, I had fairly low expectations going into this flick but can safely say came out of the theatre pleasantly entertained.

First of all, if we're going to find faults with this film, then we are going to get truckloads of them. In fact, we won't hear the end of it, as there's probably something silly or cliché every five minutes or so. But despite all that, when judged for the final product, I enjoyed the movie. I found most of the jokes funny while the actions sequences provided me with enough stimulation to keep me entertained. Some might say the background crime story here was underdeveloped, but I say why bother focusing on something we don't really care about. The real enjoyment in this film was watching the competition between FDR and Tuck.

We as the audience seek fun and escapism while viewing these "popcorn flicks", and that is exactly what the filmed provided me with. At the end of the day that's what really matters. You're willing to forgive the movie's plenty flaws if you had a fun and enjoyable time watching it, won't you?
6 out of 10


  1. I'm sure it's utterly forgettable but it looks fun enough from the trailer and I look forward to seeing it on DVD.

  2. That's spot on.. it is forgettable. But I guess i was okay enough to burn some time on..

  3. Going to check this out on DVD. Who could turn a fun comedy flick? Thanks for sharing this!

  4. Andina: No problem... thanks for dropping by!


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