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This Means War - 27/2/2012 10:16:56 AM   
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Why Tom, WHY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?????????? - 27/2/2012 10:16:56 AM   
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With TDKR fast approaching I was certain that Tom Hardy was going to cement himself as one best / coolest / most credible actors out there. I really can understand why he agreed to do, what looks to me like a pretty average film. TDKR will project him into superstardom and this just seems like it was an unnecessary risk to take. Having said all this I still think he is coolest guy on the planet so lets just bring on July! PS. Why can I write something without having to give it a star rating???? Very annoying!

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RE: Why Tom, WHY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?????????? - 27/2/2012 12:16:08 PM   
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Really looking forward to seeing this.

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RE: Why Tom, WHY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?????????? - 27/2/2012 12:50:57 PM   
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@musht. Fair play, just fancied a bit of a rant. I blame Monday. I don't doubt for a second that this will be damn entertaining, and even if it isn't, hopefully everyone will forget about when they see TDKR. I just want more than anything to have an English actor as the new king of Hollywood! Good shout about Fassbender too, never thought of that!
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RE: Why Tom, WHY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?????????? - 27/2/2012 12:51:14 PM   
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@musht. Fair play, just fancied a bit of a rant. I blame Monday. I don't doubt for a second that this will be damn entertaining, and even if it isn't, hopefully everyone will forget about when they see TDKR. I just want more than anything to have an English actor as the new king of Hollywood! Good shout about Fassbender too, never thought of that!
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RE: Why Tom, WHY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?????????? - 27/2/2012 12:51:59 PM   
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I really don't see why people are giving out about Hardy this film. yeh it's not gonna win him any oscars but it's one film and from the reviews I've seen and hard so far, it's not even that bad. It's a fun film and I think it's sad that just because Hardy decided to do one fun film he's being called a sell out. This isn't just in response to you, guysalisbury (your criticism isn't even that harsh), I remember when the trailer came out there was a lot of anger towards Hardy for selling out. It didn't happen when Fassbender decided to do a comic book movie but Hardy makes one buddy comedy and he's a sell-out. Ridiculous stuff, frankly I think this movie looks like a bit of Saturday evening entertainment and I'll try get to see it in the cinema


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RE: This Means War - 27/2/2012 7:56:54 PM   
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Saw this a couple of weeks ago at a press screening and really enjoyed it!

Going in my expectations were anything but high and like many people I was asking myself "what the hell Tom was thinking!?".

However, it just works! The chemistry between the 3 leads is fantastic and there are plenty of big laugh-out-loud moments.

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I really don't see why people are giving out about Hardy this film. yeh it's not gonna win him any oscars but it's one film and from the reviews I've seen and hard so far, it's not even that bad. It's a fun film and I think it's sad that just because Hardy decided to do one fun film he's being called a sell out.


Having seen the film, I agree with musht - Hardy looks like he had a blast making this and the fact its fun for the audience too doesn't hurt his credibility one bit - if anything it made me like him even more (and I was already a Tom Hardy fan to begin with LOL).

Sure it's not going to win any oscars ... but it is fun!

Overall, I had a great night out!

3.5 stars

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- 3/3/2012 11:07:43 AM   
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Thought the scene where Superman checked up on Lois was creepy in Superman Returns? Well this just beat it with a scene in which Tom Hardy and Chris Pine both break into Reese Witherspoon's house to place surveillance bugs and check up on her hobbies. This movie was stalker paradise! The jokes were dire, the action infrequent and the character non existent. It's clear that no care went into the making of this film. Worst film of the year contender!

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- 4/3/2012 7:39:54 PM   
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This was a great film with some veryfunny moments. I also thought it had elements that would appeal to both male and female audiences which can be a rare thing. definitly worth a watch and better than similar films of recent years.

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- 4/3/2012 7:39:56 PM   
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This was a great film with some veryfunny moments. I also thought it had elements that would appeal to both male and female audiences which can be a rare thing. definitly worth a watch and better than similar films of recent years.

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Fun - 4/3/2012 7:48:16 PM   
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Seen it on valentines day with the missus. It was leave your brain at the door and sit back and have a chuckle movie going. I enjoyed it, had a few good laughs and some pretty decent action. As for people having digs at Hardy. The guy is such a serious actor, he did Warrior, TinkerTailer and TDKR recently, it was clear he needed to make a movie in which he could actually have a laugh doing so, and i think its good that he did. For the movie 3 stars is about right :-)

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This Means War Review - 4/3/2012 9:23:59 PM   
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This Means War is smart and funny entertainment.

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ignorant and offensive - 5/3/2012 12:24:23 AM   
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tragic is the only word to describe this

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BAD stay away lucky ones who haven't seen it yet. - 6/3/2012 6:45:30 PM   
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Such a horrible movie! Honestly stay away from it! Tom Hardy is hardly acting in this one. I canít find the words. I think he is good only for 20-25 minutes like in Inception. No more. I can't forget how bad he was when he was "flerting" and looking away and I don't know if it was smt McG wanted of Hardy didn't remember but not remembering your sons name was not cool. It was 5 seconds too much.
The story: Two 12 year old CIA agents one of which is a Brit, somehow fall for the same woman. The one is extra dorky and makes you think you could be an agent and the other one is cocky and an 80ís man Ėat least on the flirting- between the two friends comes a whore who is looking for a serious relationship yet dates two guys at the same time. She pretends to be a lady for a minute then whores herself in the modest way possible simply because they miscast flat-face blond girl smt with a spoon. The dialogues are so weak I have a 9 year old cousin who would write better and more realistic dialogues than that. I understand that 65 million were spend to make this movie but itís such a poor movie. It really is a shame for every artist out there that millions are spent on movies like this one. I really liked the colors and of course the directing. McG is a magician with the camera. But with this one and the most recent Terminator movie it really makes me wonder why the fuck hasnít he done another Charlieís Angels movie? One star Empire is more than enough. I donít recommend it!

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RE: BAD stay away lucky ones who haven't seen it yet. - 8/3/2012 11:09:16 AM   
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Supposedly they filmed a bunch of different endings well if they did think they chose the bloody wrong one to use in the end.
Still trying to get my head around a Brit being in the CIA?
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RE: BAD stay away lucky ones who haven't seen it yet. - 8/3/2012 11:21:47 AM   
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ORIGINAL: Wild about Wilder

Supposedly they filmed a bunch of different endings well if they did think they chose the bloody wrong one to use in the end.
Still trying to get my head around a Brit being in the CIA?


Still dont get how two 'hunky,macho' guys find Reese Witherspoon the girl of there dreams.

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RE: BAD stay away lucky ones who haven't seen it yet. - 8/3/2012 10:18:04 PM   
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I liked it.

She ended up with the wrong guy though.

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RE: BAD stay away lucky ones who haven't seen it yet. - 8/3/2012 10:51:14 PM   
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I liked it.

She ended up with the wrong guy though.


I bet it wasnt those two,thats my guess anyway.

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fairly average - 9/3/2012 10:13:27 AM   
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Captain Kirk and some Brit fight over Legally Blonde totty. A clever idea and some wry observations are wrapped up in a film that doesn't know quite what its audience will be. Best character is the female friend and most underused is the guys boss. But overall forgettable nonsense and a bit of a wasted opportunity.

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RE: fairly average - 9/3/2012 2:31:09 PM   
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Unadulterated bullshit, quite frankly.

Why? Why do I keep punishing myself by going to see movies directed by McG? The man may have some visual flare every so often, but for the most part he's a talentless hack whose work makes me wonder why he is continuously allowed to run riot with large budgets. Granted, the kinds of projects he generally helms appeal to 15 year old boys and that brings in the benjamins, so I suppose it isn't really that unclear at all.

I hold my hand up in shame and admit that I didn't see just one Charlie's Angels movie at the cinema, I saw them both. In my defense, this was at a time when I generally saw pretty much everything going (and before cinema prices got stupid) and I hated them even then. I quickly realised after the second dog turd of a movie in that franchise that McG was a movie director up to no good, and that I should be wary of whatever snake oil he next tried to sell the general public. Things bubbled along nicely I didn't really think of him again until Terminator 4 popped up the horizon, and I gave in. I'll admit that whilst that movie is a poor relation to the first two films, I enjoyed it to a degree. So with my defenses lowered and a trip to the cinema throwing up nothing new that I hadn't seen except this movie, I made my into the auditorium and settled down to what turned out to be the final straw in my relationship with McG.

To put in bluntly, the film is a fucking mess. The plot is so thin that it barely fills up its running time, and the pacing is all over the place. Some of the tonal changes from one scene to the next made me sigh, and not in a good way. The entire point of the plot seems to exist purely to lurch from one oh-so-hilarious skit to the next, with the bad guy seemingly thrown in to add some badly needed glue to a narrative that was coming apart at the seems.

The one redeeming feature of the movie is the performances from the cast; they are what gives this film any kind of credibility, and one can only assume that this film looked better at the script stage, or fat cheques were thrown about to get likes of Tom Hardy on-board for this. Admittedly there were a few funny scenes, the highlight for me being that thumbs up that Hardy pulls after shooting that Dart at his partner, but the rest was pretty tired; and don't get me started on that character who was Reese Witherspoon's BFF - if she was meant to be some kind of hilarious counterfoil to Witherspoon's thoughts on the two guys, with her oh-so-daring-did-she-really-say-that commentary, it failed miserably. She's one of cinema's worst creations for a while now.

So that's it, no more McG movies for me. I thought he'd maybe changed, learned from his past mistakes, but it seems not. This is a prime example of the kind of moronic drivel that he specialises in, and it's definitely got to be in the running for one of the worst movies of the year come December. I know I might come off as having a sense of humour bypass, but I actually thought this might be OK going by the previews. Sadly, it wasn't.

1.5/5 (purely for Tom Hardy and Chris Pike).

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Witherspoon, Hardy & Pine only just rescued me from... - 14/3/2012 11:19:43 AM   
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Given the script and the director, this film should be worse than it is, but impressively the tri-force that is Witherspoon, Hardy & Pine Associates (awesome lawyer firm name, by the way) don’t so much as rescue the film, but certainly rescued me from gouging my eyes out with a plastic ice cream spoon.

I longed to see Hardy and Pine in another movie, to see them with some witty banter to banter wittily with. Similarly, their comic timing was impeccable, but without decent comic with which to time, it is a pairing that is utterly wasted by this steaming pile of film poo.

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daft but enjoyable strangly - 1/4/2012 5:30:47 AM   
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only went to see this as had nothing beter to do and actually rather enjoyed it. not to be taken serious at all ,had some funny moments and the lead casts are good with what there given. all in all not a must see but theres a lot worse out there than this

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This Means Shit - 11/4/2012 2:04:07 PM   
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This is a shit film. A really, really shit film.

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GREAT SAT NITE MOVIE... - 3/9/2012 10:21:58 AM   
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VERY ENTERTAINING, AND GREAT CHEMISTRY BETWEEN THE THREE LEADS.......WITHERSPOON ESPECIALLY GOOD.....

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AWFUL AWFUL RUBBISH....... - 9/4/2013 5:04:14 PM   
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all the talent involved should know better - apart perhaps from the director "McG"??? Charlie's Angels 2 full throttle - ? Christ.
I guess it must have been a nice payday for all concerned - but then to have to pay money and actually sit through this cinematic bilge.........ooohhh booooyyy......I think you have to stick a rating in otherwise the empire website won't let you submit the review. OFFICIAL EMPIRE RATING - ONE STAR - my own personal rating - MINUS 27 STARS!!!!

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