'This Means War' Trailer Pits Pine vs. Hardy for Witherspoon's Heart

Thursday, 13 October 2011 11:27 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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'This Means War' Trailer Pits Pine vs. Hardy for Witherspoon's Heart

Imagine for a moment that you and your best bro – your fortress of brotitude, your potassium bromide, your Harlem Bro-betrotter – the both of youse are CIA agents.  Not the real-life kind, who mostly spend their lives analyzing data under fluorescent lights or cultivating contacts all over the world, but the movie kind, who hang out in sexily-lit command centers and do lots of kung-fu.  You're imagining the lives led by Chris Pine and Tom Hardy in This Means War, the first trailer for which premiered online today.  As you'll see, these two secret bro-gents get into an escalating battle of wills and misappropriation of taxpayer resources when they discover they're both dating Reese Witherspoon, leading to an ongoing action-comedy bro-battle that can only end in true bromance.  Or death.

The trailer focuses more on the action, with each agent using espionage expertise to one-up the other while Witherspoon is wholly ignorant of their nearly-lethal battle of wills. 

To check out the preview in HD, head over to Apple.

This trailer makes This Means War feel very reminiscent of True Lies, what with the whole "using a spy agency as part of your romantic life" angle, as well as Mr. and Mrs. Smith, which producer and co-writer Simon Kinberg also had a hand in writing.

The film is the fifth directorial feature from famed music video helmer McG, who previously directed Charlie's Angels, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, We Are Marshall, and Terminator: Salvation.  He certainly knows how to shoot a pretty picture and an action sequence, but This Means War is an opportunity to demonstrate that he can also juggle disparate vibes for a coherent and satisfying tone.

Chris Pine, Tom Hardy, and Reese Witherspoon are the marketable names here, as Witherspoon is an Oscar-winner and established star, while the other two are promising actors with rising profiles.  Pine most notably starred as Captain Kirk in the Star Trek reboot and played alongside Denzel Washington in Unstoppable, while Hardy damn near stole Inception, impressed greatly in Bronson, and plays Bane in the upcoming The Dark Knight Rises.  Here, Chelsea Handler transports her persona to film as Witherspoon's best friend, while Angela Bassett, Abigail Spencer, Laura Vandervoort, Til Schweiger, and David Koechner all lend their support.

This Means War hits theaters on February 17, 2012.

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