Review 72 – This Means War


If your best friend finds a girlfriend whom he really likes, and she doesn’t seem to like you, then you should do whatever it takes to win her away from him. Especially if that means lying. A lot.

This Means War

Why I Saw It: It didn’t look GOOD, but it looked entertaining – Spy Vs Spy with a twist. Tom Hardy is working his way onto my “seek out” list, though I’m not sure that he’s there yet.

Memorable Performances: None. There was nothing special about what Chris Pine and Reese Witherspoon did in the film. Tom Hardy felt out of place in the lackluster role. If you’re a fan of Chelsea Handler, you essentially get the same performance out of her as you would on her late night show.

The Regrettable Aspects: Reese Witherspoon’s character isn’t very sympathetic, neither is Chris Pine’s character, and that’s a significant portion of the cast to hate – especially when they’re the ones we’re supposed to be interested in seeing together. I’d delve into this a bit more if I wasn’t worried about spoiling the film for you.

Would I watch it again? There were entertaining moments, so it wouldn’t be a complete waste to HAVE to watch it again, but there are very few circumstances in which I can imagine watching it again.

To Whom Would I Recommend It? Anyone who’s looking for a mildly entertaining movie with decent action (read: not GOOD, just decent) and a plot which involves a love triangle, however, I’d caution them to have low expectations.

Rating: 6.8 out of 10

Potential Nominations for Film Quest ’12:  

  • Not a single one.



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