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 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