Monday, May 17, 2010

From Paris With Love Movie Review 123

From Paris With Love is an action movie which is directed by Pierre Morel who also directed the great action movies Taken and District 13. It stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers as James Reese, an American Embassy worker in Paris, France. He handles all the jobs for the American Ambassador and, wanting more responsibility, he gets to partner up with an American agent. The agent, Charlie Wax, played by John Travolta, is an eccentric guy who literally shoots first and asks questions later. Reese is used to doing simple jobs like changing car registration plates and bugging offices but Wax is the James Bond/Jason Bourne type. He likes nothing more than shooting a place up! As they both go about checking out places for drugs and terrorists, things are complicated by Reese' girlfriend Caroline played by Kasia Smutniak. They had just gotten engaged before Reese met Wax and Reese has to deal with her phone calls as they go around on their business.

This movie is half action and half comedy as things happen like Reese's mobile phone needing charging and there are some great one liners such as Wax saying 'Wax on, wax off' from the Karate Kid after he kills someone.The plot didn't seem to make much sense even though this movie is based on a story by Luc Besson who directed Leon. It began to make sense near the end with the two heroes trying to stop Islamic terrorists. There are some great action scenes with them leaving bodies in their wake every place they travel to such as a Chinese restaurant and a Pakistani area. It reminded me of Collateral with Meyers' character tagging along with Travolta in the same way as Foxx did with Cruise in that movie. If you like a buddy action movie, then you will like this as they debate their different ways of doing things. Travolta is good as the experienced killer and Meyers does great as the reluctant field agent. They both carry this movie and they are the best thing in it.

From Paris With Love is the type of movie that you would rent out or see on TV and have a happy hour and a half. There's nothing here you haven't seen before but it is done well and I think everyone likes a good action movie with a few laughs thrown in! Leave your brain at the door and just enjoy it!!!

From Paris With Love-6/10


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