Saturday, February 8, 2014

This Means War (2012) [PG-13] ***

FDR (Chris Pine) and Tuck (Tom Hardy)are covert CIA operatives, partners and inseparable best friends. However when they both fall for Lauren (Reese Witherspoon) they begin to use their skills and high-tech gadgetry against one another, while at the same time each one tries to convince Lauren that he is the best choice. While FDR and Tuck have similar job skills, they have very different personalities: FDR is a player who's very comfortable in the downtown L.A. club scene, while Tuck is much more of a family man: he has an ex-wife and a preteen son he loves. The big problem is that while FDR and Tuck are focusing on each other, they are forgetting that their arch enemy Heinrich (Til Schweiger) is trying to find them and kill them both.

Co-written by Timothy Dowling (Just Go With It) and Simon Kinberg (Mr. and Mrs. Smith), Sherlock Holmes), and directed by McG (Charlie's AngelsCharlie's Angels: Full Throttle), this film has all of the high production values and frenetically-paced, choreographed violence you'd expect, but absolutely no heart or emotional integrity. There's no chemistry between Reese Witherspoon and either Chris Pine or Tom Hardy, and the acting talents of these three are totally wasted. If the goal was to appeal to young teen-aged boys then the film is a success. More discriminating viewers should definitely pass. If you are looking for action, comedy and romance, I can recommend Mr. and Mrs. Smith as well as Knight and Day but not This Means War

Labels: action, comedy, romance   
Internet Movie Database   
Metacritic 31/100   
RottenTomatoes Averages (critics=43, viewers=68)   

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