This Means War – Review (Spoiler Free)

This Means War PosterEven Tom Hardy, playing a suave, cool secret agent, can’t save this one from being a dud.

This Means War could have been a passable rom-com action movie; it had a solid cast and a somewhat stupid, but entertaining enough premise:  that two CIA agents use their skills and access to government resources in order to try and win a race for Witherspoon’s heart. Had the script been considerably stronger then this could have pretty entertaining but as it is the jokes, by and large, aren’t particularly funny, the characters are pretty thinly drawn, the action is badly handled, and the romance is basically nonexistent.

The three lead actors do a reasonable job here, but it’s hard to achieve too much considering the script that they were given. Only Hardy manages to rise somewhat above what’s on the page, he’s funny and engaging to watch, but even he struggles to make some very cringe worthy dialogue sound anything other than painful.

I’m struggling to talk about this one positively, and yet it’s not completely devoid of value. Turn your brain off and it slides on past fairly pleasantly, it does a reasonable job of trying to appeal to a wider audience, and has the odd laugh in it which works. Unless you’re a particularly keen fan of either Pine, Hardy or Witherspoon though I would ultimately recommend skipping past this one. It’s not terrible, but overall is just pretty mediocre.

Summary:

What was the film’s greatest strength?
Tom Hardy, without a doubt. He was often the sole reason that I had any interest left in the film.

Its greatest weakness?
There are quite a number of weaknesses, but I’ll go with the script as being the overall worst offender.

Would I see it again?
Nope, I haven’t got any interest in seeing this one again whatsoever.

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8 comments

  1. I felt bad watching Pine and Hardy try with this material. But not for Witherspoon. She loves this kind of crap, so she deserves little sympathy. Good review Rumsey.

    1. Thanks! I know exactly what you mean, especially Hardy as I’m a huge admirer of his work.

  2. This is one of a select number of films that I scored a 0 on my blog. I couldn’t get past the idea that these men were using government resources to grossly invade this woman’s privacy to a level beyond even stalking… and it’s supposed to be funny because they’re hot. If they were less attractive men this would be a horror movie!

    1. I very nearly wrote about that issue in my review actually, it bothered me quite a lot. I guess I just tried to turn my brain off and enjoy it regardless, but it certainly was troubling.

  3. theipc · · Reply

    LOL – nice!

    I didn’t hate this – sure it was stupid but *shrugs*

    Glad you’re back!

    1. 😀
      Yeah I don’t rank it as one of the worst films I’ve ever seen or anything, but it was really mediocre in my eyes, and a shame to see Hardy not picking a better project.
      Cheers again buddy!

  4. Good review. Agree – the only thing I liked about it was Tom Hardy.

    1. Cheers, yeah it’s a shame because this could have been pretty good fun if only it was a bit better!

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