REVIEW: THIS MEANS WAR
SYNOPSIS: Chris Pine and Tom Hardy portray the world’s deadliest CIA operatives who are also inseparable partners and best friends… until they fall for the same woman (Reese Witherspoon). 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.
REVIEW: What makes this movie an extra treat is the well blended combination of action, romance, and comedy. It’s not exactly super strong in any of those particular categories but it is good enough in each of them to entertain and satisfy. The action is pretty good especially considering the two lead men, Chris Pine and Tom Hardy. It’s high tech with good gun play, car chase and fight sequences. The romance comes in the form of the center of attention, Reese Witherspoon as Lauren. Reese as the center of attention? Oh yeah, she is, she is. This is easily one of the hottest roles and looks Reese has ever done. To top that off, she was as funny as she was sexy. Actually, all the main players in this film were all hilarious. Even the music used within the film is the source of a chuckle here and there. The movie is much funnier than I expected. The banter was excellent between all parties in this picture. The bonus is having Chelsea Handler, playing Lauren’s best friend Trish, totally rip it apart. Her wit and line delivery is unparalleled and deliberate. All in all you’ve got to hand it to the writers for a great script and the choice cast for the delivery of it. Speaking of which, you’ve also got to hand to the casting director for putting this group together. Each of them fit their respective roles perfectly. Some may argue that Reese might not have been the best choice, but I think she did just fine. Priscilla pointed out that she can pull off the part of a lonely, overachieving workaholic and yet she’s beautiful and has enough sex appeal to attract the likes of FDR (Chris) and Tuck (Tom). All the characters are vivacious drawing plenty of attention and giving the movie an additional boost. And once again, as I mentioned in a prior review, here we go with CIA agents as main characters. Not that it’s a bad thing, just noticing an increase in usage of high level law enforcement officers as movie characters. I mistakenly thought for a while that the title of the movie was Spy vs. Spy. I even lost a small bet to my stepson because of my erroneous notion. (I’m sure there might be copyright issues, but I like my title better).
The storyline for this film is simple and maybe even overdone, but in this case it is well laid out and entertaining. It is cute, modern, and a whole lot of fun with a good amount of eye candy for guys and gals. It boils down to a “bros before hos” story . . . or is it “hos before bros”? You’ll just have to watch the movie to find out which of the two is more accurate in relation to this story. Oh and yeah, it’s just an expression. By no means am I implying that Lauren is a ho. Priscilla and I agree that this is a great choice for a Valentine’s Day movie date. It’s a nice change of pace and it should please both sexes. Having this film directed by McG (Terminator Salvation, both Charlie’s Angels) was a good choice and you can see his touch throughout the picture . . . also not a bad thing.
By Cine Marcos
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Writer: Timothy Dowling, Simon Kinberg
Genre: Action Adventure
Duration: 1hr 38mins
Staring: Reese Witherspoon
Producer Simon Kinberg
Distributor : 20th
Rating: PG-13 for some sexual content
including references, some
violence and action, and for
Release Date: February 17, 2012
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