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.
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 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