THIS MEANS WAR was just released this week and I finally got a chance to sit down and review it. I have to say, it’s not at all what I expected! The film was released by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment on May 22, 2012, and it stars some of the hottest actors in Hollywood in a story that mixes spies, romance, and comedy into one fun little movie.
THIS MEANS WAR stars Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line), Chris Pine (Star Trek), and Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) as the world’s deadliest CIA operatives. The men, who are inseparable partners as well as best friends, both fall for Witherspoon’s character. To compete, they pull out every high-tech weapon they have and use it against each other to fight for her affection. Sure, it’s completely unbelievable and over-the-top and that’s what makes it fun.
With a PG-13 rating this movie does contain some mild language and violence (guns, fist fighting, and car chases). The format is formulaic, but it’s a really nice fluffy movie that makes for a great date night or girl’s night in.
Directed by McG (Charlie’s Angels), THIS MEANS WAR also features an eclectic supporting cast. While most are fabulous, one stands out for her mediocrity – Chelsea Handler (“Are You There, Chelsea?” and “Chelsea Lately”) is flat and annoying. While I enjoy her stand-up, she’s not progressed as an actress. On the opposite spectrum, Abigail Spencer (Cowboys & Aliens) and Angela Bassett (Notorious) are a great addition.
The Blu-ray is packed with special features including: three alternate endings, uncensored gag reel, bachelorette party, deleted scenes, and commentaries by Director McG, and more!
Unfortunately I received a DVD version so I didn’t get to check out the three alternated endings. I’d have loved to see what might have happened in an alternative reality.