Review: This Means War

Lisa Schink tells you what she thought of This Means Boredom and why she thinks it’s more of a romance with pretty people than a spy film.


By Lisa Schink


By Lisa Schink


Director McG’s (Charlie’s Angels) latest work tries to please male audiences with explosions, car chases and a gorgeous Reese Witherspoon. Women will enjoy the two awfully good looking leads and an overdose of unrealistic Hollywood romance.


This Means War would be the perfect first date movie if it didn’t fail so horribly on almost every level. The spy flick features three lead characters caught in a love triangle. Tom Hardy and Chris Pine play two CIA agents FDR (Pine) and Tuck (Hardy) with a very special kind of relationship. They are so close, they would take a bullet for each other.


Yet they manage to fall for the same girl, Lauren (Reese Witherspoon). So the battle begins between the two best friends as they fight to win her over.


As a background story, the mean German Heinrich (Til Schweiger) tries to get revenge on the agents, who are responsible for his brother’s death. Heinrich’s storyline is the only part of the film that adds a little spice to the story.


Apart from the first scene, there’s less spy-action than you would expect. In fact, the agent thing is more of an excuse to use the CIA’s resources and explain the disturbing stalker activities Tuck and FDR perform to watch Lauren’s every move.


Despite the poor script, the leading actors still deliver and possibly win the audience over with their charm and charisma. It is a date movie after all and it provides the basic pleasures you expect from a romantic comedy. If you leave high expectations at the door and enjoy good looking people doing vaguely romantic stuff, go for it.

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