This Means War

February 17th 2012
  • Action/Comedy,
  • PG-13,
  • 97 min,
  • 20th Century Fox
  • Cast: Tom Hardy, Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine, Warren Christie, Abigail Spencer, Laura Vandervoort, Angela Bassett, Til Schweiger, David Koechner, Marie Avgeropoulos, Rebel Wilson, Chelsea Handler, Emilie Ullerup, Leela Savasta, Aleks Paunovic, Louise Hradsky, Patrick Sabongui, Panou, Kevin O'Grady, Maja Stace-Smith, Jakob Davies, Valin Shinyei, Daren A. Herbert, John Paul Ruttan, Ash Lee
  • Director: McG
  • Writers: Timothy Dowling, Simon Kinberg, Marcus Gautesen
  • Producers: Simon Kinberg, Brent O'Connor, Robert Simonds, Will Smith, Reese Witherspoon
  • Executive Producer: Brent O'Connor
  • Art Directions: Kendelle Elliott, Eric Fraser
  • Castings: Justine Baddeley, Heike Brandstatter, Kim Davis-Wagner, Coreen Mayrs
  • Costume Design: Monique Warren
  • D.O.P.: Russell Carpenter
  • Editor: Nicolas De Toth
  • Makeups: Emanuela Daus, Vanessa Giles, Naomi Hirano
  • Music: Christophe Beck
  • Production Design: Martin Laing
  • Set Decoration: Carol Lavallee


The world's deadliest CIA operatives are inseparable partners and best friends until they fall for the same woman. Having once helped bring down entire enemy nations, they are now employing their incomparable skills and an endless array of high-tech gadgetry against their greatest nemesis ever - each other.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: Vancouver, Canada
  • MPAA Warning: Some sexual content including references, some violence and action, and for language
  • Production Budget: $70 million
  • Production Companies: Overbrook Entertainment, Robert Simonds Productions, Type A Films
  • Production Schedule: 27 September 2010 - 6 December 2010

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2012 Guide Analysis: "Having spent over a decade in development, this action rom-com is more famous for who has been attached to it rather than the final result. Originally Martin Lawrence and Chris Rock were set to star in the lead roles until that version was canceled. Robert Downey Jr., Sam Worthington and Matt Damon were also part of defunct earlier incarnations, even "Pineapple Express" duo Seth Rogen and James Franco were once in the mix.

Several years and many re-writes later, the project finally began moving forward very early 2010 with "Charlie's Angels" helmer McG onboard. The story has two best friends and veteran spies falling for the same woman. They end up fighting for her affections using their black-ops warfare tactics, a fight which literally demolishes much of New York City along the way.

Word on the script has been pretty good with some spectacular action set pieces fused with fun one up-manship between the two male leads. Thus it all comes down to the chemistry between the trio and it doesn't seem to quite click judging by the trailers. Both Reese Witherspoon and "Star Trek" hunk Chris Pine are old hats at this genre and neither is really stretching themselves.

It's "Inception" and "The Dark Knight Rises" British star Tom Hardy who is the odd one out. On the one hand a talent like his in this makes it an immediate draw which someone like the more conventionally suited and previously cast Bradley Cooper would not have been. Hardy certainly looks great in a suit, but at times he seems to vary between having fun and being decidedly uncomfortable and makes one wonder if that carries over into the final film.

Slotted for Valentine's Day, this could be one of the few date movies opening this year that will have cross-gender appeal."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 14 February 2012: Australia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Russia, UK
  • 16 February 2012: Germany, Hong Kong, Slovenia
  • 17 February 2012: Canada, Estonia, Lithuania, Norway, Romania
  • 22 February 2012: Belgium
  • 23 February 2012: Greece, Hungary, Israel, Netherlands, Singapore
  • 24 February 2012: Brazil, Finland, Sweden
  • 2 March 2012: Turkey
  • 8 March 2012: Czech Republic
  • 9 March 2012: Armenia, Spain
  • 14 March 2012: France
  • 15 March 2012: Argentina
  • 16 March 2012: Italy
  • 22 March 2012: Portugal