This Means War
McG – 12A – 120 mins
Another hybrid from the action-romcom genre has come to cinemas this week with This Means War. The verdict is entertaining but predictable, as with many of its predecessors. The storyline, which we have all seen before in various forms from some chick flick or other, basically involves CIA agents and best friends, Tuck (Tom Hardy) and Franklin (Chris Pine), falling in love with the same girl (Reese Witherspoon) and fighting over her by using their secret service high-tech equipment to get to know her likes and dislikes. Meanwhile, German baddy Heinrich (Til Schweiger) is planning to kill the friends to avenge the death of his brother.
This Means War has your typical American action-romcom ingredients, especially considering the attractive cast, the predictability and minor illogical flaws. Within the first few minutes we know exactly where this is going to go. Several clues indicate rather early in the film which friend the girl will eventually pick and, funnily enough, no one in the secret service team who is helping him to seduce her seems to mind that this extra work is not at all related to the “urgent” threat of killer Heinrich.
Now, as long as you don’t expect challenging plot lines or great character acting, and just take this film for what it is, you will enjoy it. This Means War offers witty dialogue and great action scenes, whilst not taking itself too seriously. Furthermore, it is interesting to see how Tom Hardy (one of Britain’s finest exports) makes this action blockbuster role his own. This film beats other genre-hybrids such as Knight and Day or Killers, but probably won’t remain in your memory past 2012.