This Means War : “also means please stay away”
Two very good looking, swashbuckling, nut kicking, trigger happy CIA agents who are best buddies in the likes of “the latest find” Tom Hardy & Chris Pine, vying for the attention of “Academy Award Winner” Reese Witherspoon, abundantly mixed with romantic – chick flick undertones. I mean there were so many positive factors that were going for this movie, that its almost impossible to ignore the glaring shortcomings and despise it for a what a lackluster product it turned out to be. Please do not get me wrong. I consider myself a sucker, when it comes to “no brainers” and can stake a claim at having a romp of time polishing my pack of popcorn laughing my A** off at some of the lamest products that have ever come out from Hollywood. But bad writing, nah that just can’t go unnoticed.
WHAT WORKED : Nothing. Clothes maybe ???
WHAT DID’NT: Story, characterization or rather the inconsistency in development,sloppy action sequences, 3rd rate sub plots, soundtrack (yawn fest),embarrassing lead villain, dialogues, ridiculous climax or whatever that was.
FINAL WORD : The movie transcends so many genres (spy, thriller, romantic comedy, bromance) without doing justice to any of them in either form or shape, that its baffling and should be considered as an achievement of sorts. I find it hard to believe, 20th Century Fox produced this and Tom Hardy who is so bloody new to the circuit decided to work for this, after back to back breakthrough performances in his last few appearances. I usually tend to dig trivia when the odds are these stark, but some part of me just does not want to go back to such memories. Not worth downloading or even picking it up to break a note in your grocery / sundry store when it comes out for 99 cents. It’ll be sooner than You’d expect. After sitting through all the pain in the theater as I walked out, I looked hard at the poster looking for an asterix (*) near the title. The distributors did a good job hiding it but I am sure somewhere it read “This Means War” *also means stay away at all costs.