The first trailer for McG’s action-romantic-comedy This Means War has gone online. Chris Pine and Tom Hardy play covert operatives who are also best friends, but resort to their special-ops training when they compete for the affections of the same woman (Reese Witherspoon). As you’ll see in the trailer, it’s a gross misuse of CIA resources, but that’s not my big problem with what I’m seeing. McG seems to have gone all-in on the action and almost completely forgotten the comedy. It’s an inherently absurd premise that two CIA agents would use their special-ops training for a silly romantic entanglement. But McG looks like he’s taking it absolutely seriously. Maybe the juxtaposition works better in the context of the whole movie, but this trailer is somewhat disheartening.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer along with the promo poster (which is just the logo, but whatever). This Means War opens February 17th.
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Here’s the official synopsis for This Means War:
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.