Saturday, June 2, 2012

What I Thought About The ‘This Means War’ Post-Valentine’s Day Flick


Although it my not be the “James Bond” movie that I expected it does get into that movie genre’ and it’s also loaded with comedy so I think I’m half sold to it. It puts – the mother to be -  Reese Whiterspoon (Legally Blonde 1 & 2, Sweet Home Alabama and Just Like Heaven)  right in the middle of Chris Pine (Star Trek, Just My Luck and Unstoppable) and Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises, Warrior and Inception) where online dating forces Whitherspoon, who plays Lauren a quality control inspector at a local household appliance store, to date both men. What she doesn’t know is that they’re both covert ops CIA agents working for the United States Government on foreign espionage missions.

The two turned a friendly competition into their personal battleground and used the CIA’s resources (without their superiors knowledge) to spy on Lauren as well as on each other to see who gets the score first. Lauren eventually found out when the two had a brawl at the hotel restaurant where Lauren and Tuck were having dinner, when FDR came to warn Tuck about Heinrich. But it was too late for the three as Heinrich (Till Schweiger) came crashing in the party and took Luren hostge to avenge his brother’s death at the hands of the two agents on their previous encounter in Hong Kong. The two love-fool CIA agents went on a car chase to rescue Lauren, but to their surprise it was her intuition as a quality control supervisor that saved the three of them from Heinrich’s bulletproof vehicle ramming into them at a 200-feet edge of the unfinished freeway exit.

The way these guys would go through great lengths to mess up the others date was hilarious. I mean seriously, pulling the water sprinkler off or shooting a tranquilizer dart on FDR or interrupting his subordinate on the headset as he tried to take Lauren to a tour with some rare paintings. I don’t remember laughing like that since Danny Devito and Martin Laurence fought over a small ring in the movie What’s The Worst That Could Happen? This is McG’s first full length movie production as a director since Supernatural, Nikita and The O.C. which are famous TV shows and he did a very good job.         

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