This Means War

“This Means War” is an action packed movie accompanied by a little romance. Two best friends who work together as CIA agents end up dating the same girl. They are forced off a case because someone is after them which in turn ends up leaving them with no work to do. They both come across this girl in different scenarios and end up realizing they have been telling each other their dating stories about the same girl. Its a fight between the two to win over the girl but at the same time a test to their friendship to overcome the villain that is plotting against them. I chose a scene near the end of the movie where the two men come together to take down their rival. The scene involves a high speed car chase on one of the busiest highways in Los Angeles, until they end up crossing over onto an unfinished road with no where else to go. Their enemy has stolen their girl so their job is to get her back safely and take him down. The scene is full of intense moments involving the car chase, the rescue, and the opportunity to kill their enemy.

There were all types of different shots in this scene which created the rousing action full of emotion. The scene was full of wide shots of the highway, closeups of the characters faces, medium shots while driving, and point of view shots showing the thrilling view of the unfinished road. The shots were full of movement which depicted the intense car chase and also emotion which showed the frightened yet determined looks on the characters faces. Mise-en-scene was used throughout the scene, particularly in the setting, positioning, and lighting. In the “Introducing Mise-En-Scene” pdf it states the setting is used to create an atmosphere and build a narrative. The scene I chose really represents this statement, the setting creates a powerful and thrilling atmosphere which helps build the story. The positioning of the characters especially in the last part of this scene shows the emotional distance between one of the main characters and the girl and the closeness between her and the other man. The positioning also portrays the emotion the characters are feeling with the closeup shots, which makes the viewers feel as if they are in the scene. The lighting is used carefully to catch the viewers eye on what and who to focus on. It does a great job of highlighting the characters faces when it needs to evoke the emotion they are experiencing.

The techniques used in the film represent the genre of action well. Action films generally have a women who are in the interests of the hero which is true in this film as well (Action Films). They also include continuous high energy, physical stunts, and/or chase scenes with the hero facing life threatening circumstances (Action Films). The techniques definitely depict the description of action correctly and skillfully. The car chase seems real and thrilling as it would in real life. The heros’ trying to win over the girl both have their lives on the line throughout the scene representing the genre perfectly.

I really like the scene I chose and think it portrayed the genre action effectively. There was one point in the scene where a gas tank was being thrown at the car as they were driving and it looked a bit fake. I think that is the one thing I would change, however all other aspects of the scene were filmed skillfully. The emotion came through even with all the action in the scene. It was intense and thrilling to the viewer, exactly how an action scene should be.


“Action Films.” Filmsite. AMC, n.d. Web. 19 Mar. 2013. <;.

Introducing Mise-en-Scene.pdf (blackboard)


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