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From Paris With Love

A 2010 action film directed by Pierre Morel.

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From Paris With Love

  • Feb 7, 2010
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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 up is important to the rest of the movie working showing you his home life with his fiance Caroline(Kasia Smutniak) and how she is aware of his work, but only to the point that he won't tell her any details, not even vague ones.

This movie really shines as an action movie with Travolta leading the charge. One of the biggest reasons why Charlie Wax works so well and is easily believed to be the renegade worker he is is because Reece is nothing like him. While he has aspirations to work in Special Ops, where Wax does, his methods quickly show that he may be changing his mind and wish things would just return to normal. If the movie has any weakenesses it's not entirely clear what the plot is until well into the movie.  Espionage and spy movies of this type can suffer from this writing hole in failing to tell you what the overall goal and objective of the characters are. In this case it remains an entertaining ride as it delays telling you what is going on and what the ultimate objective is of Charlie Wax, who leads the action from the moment he's onscreen.

I found this to be a really entertaining movie and I might see it again. These movies can be difficult to watch the second time because you already know what's going to happen and who the good and bad guys really are. Performance-wise Meyers and Travolta are amazing and make a great team. I'd give this movie a 3.5 of 5.

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February 08, 2010
I'm really glad to hear that the movie is actually better than the trailer made it out to be!  Great review, Rob! :)
February 07, 2010
@Scotman I disagree, 3.5 of 5 is perfect. Raising it higher means it's better than I reviewed it to be, and it's not. Rounding up would imply both quality and technical aspects in the big picture. 3.5 is my correct rating. It as not better, or rounded up, even more better, than my review. Great performances do not a mind blowing movie make.
February 07, 2010
Movies like this do have a hit or miss story when the keep the plot hidden well into the movie. 24 on fox does the same type of story that you don't know much of what's going on with all the twists. I think i may wait to rent to see this movie based on review but is sumed up nicely.
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review by . December 11, 2010
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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 …
review by . November 12, 2010
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 **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 …
review by . December 15, 2010
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 …
review by . June 11, 2010
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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 …
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From Paris With Love is an upcoming action film starring John Travolta and Jonathan Rhys Meyers and directed by Pierre Morel. The screenplay was co-written by Luc Besson.

In Paris, a young employee in the office of the US Ambassador hooks up with an American spy looking to stop a terrorist attack in the city.
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Director: Pierre Morel
DVD Release Date: June 8, 2010
Runtime: 92 minutes
Studio: Europa Corp, Lionsgate
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