‘Turbo’ review: This Means War


Plot: CIA agents FDR Foster (Chris Pine) and Tuck (Tom Hardy) are partners and buddies, but when they inadvertently fall for the same girl Lauren, (Reese Witherspoon) their professionally and personally loyalties are tested.

Characters/acting: FDR is the cool one, brash and cocky, successful with women; Tuck is separated from his wife, out of the game somewhat. Both are pretty deadly, much like glossy CSI Miami type ‘Bournes’. Pine and Hardy play off each other well with some really funny and charming buddy moments and handle the action well. Witherspoon does what Witherspoon does best.

Script: Funny, some decent action and comedy scenario set pieces. Much of the film is spent following FDR and Tuck trying to outdo each other but a baddy subplot is virtually untouched, wasting an opportunity to really get some peril into proceedings.

Direction: McG, most famous for Terminator Salvation, does what he always does and delivers more glossy action and comedy. The comedy is far better than what is pretty average action, it’s all pretty safe.

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: Pine and Hardy are good, the bromance and subsequent one up-manship is good and leads to many a funny encounter as they try to outgun each other for the attention of Witherspoon, who is decent too. Script is pretty bad in respect that it’s wasteful and repeats too many scenarios and doesn’t get the bad guy into proceedings enough. No one is ugly in this movie, Pine, Hardy and Witherspoon pout and swoon tremendously but McG’s action direction is sporadic and varying in quality; more funny than fraught.

Overall: 7/10, Pretty disposable, but worth a look!

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4 responses to “‘Turbo’ review: This Means War

  1. You know, sometimes, especially for this type of film, it doesn’t matter so much if the story (sub plot) isn’t as strong as it should or could be. To be entertained is key. I was enter pertained and I really enjoy this film a lot. It made me laugh, and I didn’t have to think about what was going on too much. Sometimes watching a movie is about that. To lose yourself in it and forget about everything! The characters worked well together and there were some genuinely funny scenes. I consider this a chick flick, light entertainment. 🙂

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