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This Means War, the spy comedy starring Chris Pine, Tom Hardy and Reese Witherspoon, marks the meeting of two great geek friendly franchises-- think of it as Captain Kirk vs. Bane if you so choose. More htan that, though, it's the first movie McG has directed since the misguided Terminator: Salvation, returning him to the goofy, glossy, action-heavy movies he did so well with the Charlie's Angels films. Is this going to be a return to form that's worth the time? Judge for yourself with the new trailer, which debuted at Apple and can be watched there in HD or embedded below.

To be honest, this looks a little sillier than I was hoping for, even keeping in mind that it's coming from McG. The gambit by which the spies find out they're dating the same girl-- looking at pictures of the girl they're dating while at work? really?-- is truly contrived, and Witherspoon seems to spend the entire movie flitting around and acting exceptionally dumb, totally unaware while large-scale spy warfare is happening all around her. That last bit where she shoots Tom Hardy with the paintball gun had me hoping she got in on the action, but no, she's still being that usually Hollywood trope of the strikingly beautiful but totally goofy woman.

Then again, Pine and Hardy are both very quick-witted, and it seems like the scenes between them will be the highlights of the movie. Coming out President's Day weekend next February, This Means War doesn't seem to be aiming for giant blockbuster status, but a diverting and pleasant action comedy starring three people you'd watch do just about anything. As silly as this trailer was, it does kind of seem to fit that bill. What do you guys think?

Are you excited for This Means War now?