Two best friends, also CIA spies, fall in lust with a beautiful blonde and each becomes determined to win her heart no matter the cost. As competition between the two escalates, a trail of carnage and chaos is left in their wake.
Chris Pine (FDR Foster), Tom Hardy (Tuck), Reese Witherspoon (Lauren), Til Schweiger (Heinrich), Chelsea Handler (Trish), John Ruttan (Joe), Abigail Spencer (Katie), Angela Bassett (Collins), Rosemary Harris (Nana), George Touliatos (Grandpa).
This Means War starts off well enough with some mild action and intrigue. But it doesn’t take us long to realize this is a plot that has been done before, with better twists, and the only real difference here is the cast. The storyline is predictable and methodical in presentation. A mild twist at the end keeps adults from feeling like we just ate a rice cake but as a film aimed at teens this one isn’t bad.
Acting was pretty good with Pine and Hardy actually playing well against one another. Witherspoon pulls things together with her sexy sweet style which appears to be effortless. Handler was an annoying addition and played the part nicely. The remainder of the supporting cast was solid.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were about what you would expect from a teen action comedy with a decent budget. Effects were mild but fit the film well. Dialogue was good and kept the campy lines to a minimum. Sound and soundtrack were solid.
Overall This Means War is a decent action adventure comedy with a nice cast, good attention to detail, that is fairly entertaining despite the rather thin and predictable plot. A good choice for family movie night with teens.
With some sexual content and references, violence, action, and mild foul language this one should be fine for teens and above.
This Means War is no longer showing in any Littleton, Colorado movie theatres.
Star rating: 3 out of 5
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