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:: From Paris With Love

Director Pierre Morel and producer Luc Besson have already demonstrated their particular knack for sometimes thrilling action movies – ‘Taken’ and ‘The Transporter’ being notable.

In ‘From Paris With Love’ a personal aide to the US Ambassador in France, James Reese (Jonathan Rhys-Meyers) has an enviable life in Paris and a beautiful French girlfriend (Kasia Smutniak), but his real passion is his side job as a low level operative for the CIA. All James wants to do is become a bona fide agent and see some real action. So when he is offered his first senior level assignment, he can't believe his good luck until he meets his new partner, special agent Charlie Wax (John Travolta). Wax leads James on a white knuckled shooting spree through the Parisian underworld that has James praying for his desk job. But when James discovers he’s a target for the same crime ring they're trying to bust, he realises there's no turning back and that Wax himself might be his only hope for making it through the next forty-eight hours alive.

Travolta gets to spout cheesy one-liner after cheesy one-liner when he’s not making the stunt double earn his keep, and Rhys-Meyers just tries to keep up without tripping over his own mega-earnest American accent. The action’s as workmanlike as ever, but the comedy’s often only funny so far as pop culture name-checking goes.

With all the shoot-ups in Chinese restaurants, and the luring of pimps and hookers, James sees Wax gun down most of Paris’ Muslim population. There’s not a lot of chemistry between the two stars, but Travolta is enjoying himself as a potty‑mouthed over‑the‑top killer and Rhys Meyers brings just enough real emotion to keep the non‑bullet‑riddled scenes interesting.

Most of the really memorable moments involve surprise shootings rather than thrilling action set‑pieces. The pacing remains breathless even when the plotting turns graceless, as nuggets of exposition get doled out every so often and plot twists come on so suddenly that they in effect rob the film of any tension.

‘From Paris with Love’ mostly delivers on the action front. This is high testosterone stuff. It is one of those films where our heroes manage to avoid death from dozens of men wielding automatic machine guns. Somehow, miraculously Charlie Wax is cleverer and more lethal than anyone who stands in his way.

Therefore, the film is feisty with plenty of fun and references to the French filmmakers' past.

DVD Extras

The Making Of ‘From Paris With Love’
Scenes - Deleted & Extended
Music Clip
Theatrical Trailer