FROM PARIS WITH LOVE is an odd title for this 93 minutes of slaughtering in the name of smoking out Terrorists. But then it is an odd movie, too, one that fans of John Travolta's screen chewing side will love. There is so little story that it doesn't need summary. Two guys - one Special OPs wannabe James Reece (Jonathan Rhys Meyers with an American accent) is assigned to partner with an infamous spy called Charlie Wax (John Travolta in top edgy comedic form) to first uncover a cocaine ring of Chinese (they accomplish this by killing everyone) and then the two jump around on buildings and stairwells and car chases and explosions to uncover planned terrorist attack from the Pakistanis - again accomplished by killing everyone. There is a bit of twist in the relationship of Reece and his beautiful girlfriend Caroline (Kasia Smutniak) that adds a bit of story to the otherwise bullet-infested goings-on, but best that be not revealed as it is the only part of the film that resembles story.
The reason this creation by writers Luc Beeson and Adi Hasak works in the hands of director Pierre Morel lies completely in the entertainment provided by Travolta - and the straight guy image of Rhys Meyers. Their banter does little to make us get into the characters, but they do provide a vaudeville-like dance with weapons peppered with some funny set-ups and dialog to make this movie entertaining. At least everyone appreciates the purpose of making the movie is not a serious one and watching it can be a fairly good evening's past time. Grady Harp, June 10
I really enjoyed this movie that moves at breakneck speed. Reese is an attache for the government stationed in Paris. His main bit of intrigue occurs when he is asked to change license plates for government agents. On the night of his engagement he is asked to help a government agent clear customs. That agent is Travolta who is one of the most non-conventional people he has ever met. After a big scene in customs, Travolta takes Reese on a non-stop ride throughout Paris where … more
From Paris With Love is a movie about James Reece(Jonathan Rhys Meyers) who is a US Ambassadorand how getting paired up with Charlie Wax(John Travolta) changes his life and what he thinks is real in the world he is accustomed to living in. The movie introduces you to Reece as a guy who doesn't seem to have much excitement in his life while at the same he's called upon to place bugs in the offices of high government officials or change liscence plates on cars of people they intend to track. The set … more
**1/2 out of **** While somewhat limited to a lack of ambition in both its story-line and its intelligence, "From Paris with Love" is a film that I find oddly enjoyable; a less than generic action flick. Sure, it has a good amount of the typical action-film-clichés that we all despise, but it's also got a flat-out endearing supporting performance from John Travolta. With enough humor, action, and solid performances, I'd say that "From … more
I got one question for you, want to see something go boom? Well that's what you get in "From Paris with Love", the next movie from the director of "Taken". I sat in my seat to this movie thinking I'm just going to "watch John Travolta blow some shit up." Don't get me wrong he does plenty of that in fact the movie even makes a joke out of it, "What's the body count like 1 an hour?" What really surprised me is that this action movie had some … more
Grady Harp is a champion of Representational Art in the roles of curator, lecturer, panelist, writer of art essays, poetry, critical reviews of literature, art and music, and as a gallerist. He has presented … more
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