‘This Means War’ Trailer: Agent Kirk Battles Agent Bane For Love

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 12:25 pm,

this means war This Means War Trailer: Agent Kirk Battles Agent Bane For Love

The basic premise for This Means War – ie. two CIA agents find out they’re dating the same woman – sounds like a variation on Mr. and Mrs. Smith… albeit, somehow even more (intentionally) ridiculous. So it’s perhaps appropriate that Smith co-scriber Simon Kingberg had a hand in scripting this new action-comedy, which was helmed by McG (the Charlie’s Angels movies).

Now we have an official trailer for This Means War, which focuses primarily on selling the film’s stylized action sequences – though, it still manages to cram in some laughs here and there.

This Means War stars Chris Pine (a.k.a. young Captain Kirk in the Star Trek reboot) and Tom Hardy – soon to be known as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises – as “the world’s deadliest CIA operatives” and BFFs. However, the two agents eventually start utilizing their technical skills and advanced spy gadgetry to defeat one another in the battle for the heart of a woman named Lauren (Reese Witherspoon) who is dating the pair simultaneously.

Get an early look at how that battle for love plays out by watching the This Means War trailer below:

Pine has proven himself capable of being a charming rogue before, while Hardy has likewise demonstrated that he’s easily able to portray figures both suave (see: Inception) and physically-menacing (see: Warrior). Combine that with Witherspoon playing what looks like a more amusing variation on her “everyday gal” rom-com persona and This Means War appears to offer some fun characters to root for/against.

There’s not a whole lot in the way of really innovative action set pieces or ingenious comedic moments glimpsed in this early footage – though, there are a couple of chuckle-worthy bits here and there. Similarly, McG isn’t exactly a beloved filmmaker, but he arguably does best when mixing rapid-fire thrills with broader humor… even though he’s prone to going overboard (see: the dart gun/crotch gag at the end of this trailer).

So long as This Means War doesn’t cross over form being enjoyably goofy to annoyingly so – and side players like Chelsea Handler as the “quirky” supportive friend don’t prove to be too irritating – then this flick might turn out to be a tasty morsel of popcorn fluff (admittedly, though, those are kind of big “ifs” right now).

On that note – check out the (very minimalist) promo poster for This Means War below:

this means war poster This Means War Trailer: Agent Kirk Battles Agent Bane For Love-

This Means War stars Chris Pine, Reese Witherspoon, Tom Hardy, Abigail Spencer, Angela Bassett, and Chelsea Handler. It opens in theaters around the U.S. on February 17th, 2012.

Source: iTunes Movie Trailers

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  1. Laura Vandervoort!!!

  2. So for a twist at the end, Reese’s character turns out to be a spy trying to get info on both of them?

    • HA! That would be a fun twist

    • Yeah…most likely, as is the usual case, she won’t be who she seems…

    • LOL… love it.

  3. To be blunt Reese Witherspoon is not
    exactly a woman worth fighting over.

    • haaa i beg to differ

    • I second that!

  4. Reese looks great in that poster, but the movie looks really dumb.

    • I was thinking exactly the same thing. Something about her eyes in the poster that actually gives her a maturity i’ve never seen in her. That’s all spoiled in the trailer.

  5. Trailer actually makes the movie look funny but McG is trash so idk

  6. Ugh. After the garbage of Charlie’s Angels, I can’t watch any movie from McG. Which, BTW, is about the dumbest name in Hollyweird since “The Artist formerly known as Prince.”

  7. hmm, looks original. i guess..

  8. It looks like Bride Wars espionage style. Tom Hardy’s star is on the rise, but he’ll always be the clone Picard to me.

  9. Best friends, fighting over a girl who is dating both men at the same time. Really?! One friend wounds or kills the other over a girl that most likely would be unfaithful him, until she brings a new guy to meet him over dinner. Then we get “This Means War 2″.

    • *the new guy

  10. So it’s Kirk VS. Picard? Why not just call the movie Spy VS. Spy instead of using that as the tag line? And why isn’t Hardy doing an American accent for this movie if he’s playing an American spy? Plus on top of that if two spies find out they’re dating the same woman wouldn’t they automatically suspect she was a foreign operative? Also name any two self respecting people who wouldn’t immediately call and dump the person whom had been two timing them? Other than those plot holes it seems like a great romantic comedy.
    Plus for all the people hating on McG, you know he also produces a lot of good television shows. Also it’s not his fault if the script is weak.

  11. This fraking spam is working overtime!

  12. Is Chris Pine sending out a distress signal to JJ Abrams begging him to start production on Star Trek 2?

  13. LOL Picard Vs Kirk see more of Tom Hardy’s acting is a good thing he is a very good actor

  14. Where is Tom Hardy finding the time to do all these movies???

    i’m not complaining or anything, all of them have been pretty good if not great. But seriously, he shows up out of nowhere in last years “Inception” and now he’s everywhere, good for him.

  15. Looks like fun…i’m in! :)

  16. I really don’t care about the plot. This looks like it will be a funny action packed movie. Frankly, I would watch anything Chris Pine is in (and JJ Abrams better hurry up with the next STrek movie). Chris is such a versatile actor – he can be a real bad boy, funny, tough (love him with the gun) and looks great in a suit. And I’m old enough to be his mother.

  17. Does the poster remind anybody of MTV’s the HILLS entrance!!

  18. it is kind of like the spy vs spy comics isnt it