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This Means War (DVD)
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This Means War (DVD)
Date: 17/01/13, updated on 22/01/13 (78 review reads)
Advantages: Funny, easy to watch, decent cast
The film follows two CIA Agents, Tuck (Tom Hardy) and FDR (Chris Pine). They are from the get go, quite obviously best friends who absolutely adore each other and constantly have each other's back. FDR (or Frank as he is occasionally known as) is a real ladies man, played by Chris Pine he is obviously meant to be the 'handsome one', but I find him a bit of a sleeze in general (I've thought that in other films he's been in), and for me I can't see him in that role. Tuck is I guess meant to be the more sensitive one, 'the one with feelings' if you like. He's the one with the kid, much more sensible (well as much as gun toting CIA Agents can be), and a hell of a lot sexier! He's also British; whereas Chris Pine is American so maybe psychologically for me Tom Hardy was always going to win! At one point in the film when the love interest begins, Tucks and FDR's faults are listed and Tucks was that he was British!! The outrage!
The film begins as they follow a hardened criminal and try and bring him down, but this swiftly changes and the film completely changes direction with Tuck deciding he's lonely and joining a dating website. This is when we are introduced to Reece Witherspoons character, Lauren. Not quite as stupid as the role she played in Legally Blonde, but completely ditzy and definitely unlucky in love, she too joins the dating website and the two are instantly attracted to one another. By the forces that be, Lauren is also introduced to FDR and soon Lauren must chose who she likes best. Along the way though she decides to play men at their own game and be as her best friends calls her 'a slut'! She plays them both, completely unaware that the two men are in fact best friends.
To be fair for the type of film it is, the acting is pretty decent and although I wasn't too sure on Chris Pine at first, the casting is also perfect. The two men play against each other and as the title suggests, this means war. Given that they work for the CIA, they completely abuse their positions within the CIA (which is a bit 'oh come on', but just go with it!) in order to keep tabs on one another and more importantly, Lauren. There are lots of scenes of sabotage mixed with a few lovely dovey scenes. There are a few decent special effects, lots of explosives, guns, a few cringy dancing moments and lots and lots of laughs. The film had me laughing out loud quite a few times and it was a really enjoyable film.
The only thing that slightly annoyed me about this film (and I'm going to knock a whole star off for this), is the amount of goofs in the film. So many that I spotted around 5 without any help of imdb (I was very proud!). This for me, is really sloppy and when you are spending a whopping $65 million on the film, a week or so spent on editing properly is surely just common sense? Not so in this film apparently and as I said there are lots of really obvious goofs and bad editing.
Other actors that were considered for the role include Sam Worthingotn, Colin Farrell and Justin Timberlake. I think the choice was perfect but there is a part of me that wonders what Tom Hardy and Justin Timberlake would have been like together (Heaven!).
A really funny and nice easy watch. Give it a go.
Summary: 4 stars