Dub Cee Reviews: From Paris With Love (2010)
Director: Pierre Morel
Writer(s): Adi Hasak (screenplay), Luc Beeson (story)
Star(s): John Travolta, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Kasia Smutniak
Sometimes you will go into a movie and have no clue exactly what you are getting into. The trailers did not tell you much and most people you know have not seen it or they want to. Such was the case for me with From Paris With Love. I have to say, I am glad I did not have any preconceived notions of it.
This story is not overly complicated, which I like. Basically we have James Reece (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) who is working as a glorified lackey in the US Embassy in Paris but he is trying to get into field work. Eventually a situation arises where the Special Ops team in the area is shorthanded and Reece is assigned to drive around top super duper spy Charlie Wax (John Travolta, sporting his best Stone Cold Steve Austin look).
Reece spends the rest of the movie trying to stay honest with his Fiancé Caroline (Kasia Smutniak) and still do his job of keeping up with the reckless Wax. That’s it for storyline folks. Which again, I like. Why? Because I love the old 80’s action flicks in which bullets start flying about 15 minutes in and they don’t stop until the final credits.
I actually liked Travolta in this movie as Wax. He is every stereotypical Super Agent in history rolled into one. He single handedly takes out about 8 gang members without firing a bullet, turns to Reece and says, “Now tell me that ain’t some impressive shit.” Keep in mind, he killed these guys without firing a gun because Reece doubted Wax’s abilities after killing the kitchen staff. Later, the duo are ascending a spiral staircase with Reece staying one floor behind to cover the rear. All we hear are a couple of muffled shots before bodies start crashing to the floor. As the movie goes along, Wax comes to appreciate Reece’s more cerebral style and ends up befriending him. Even offering insight into his lone vice… “A royale with cheese.” Love the Pulp Fiction reference.
There is a plot twist at the end that is not all that surprising, particularly if you do watch action movies…at all! But I liked it because it was quick and wasn’t treated like it was supposed to be epic.
Overall, I enjoyed the heck out of this movie. It was fast paced and fun. It never took itself too seriously. I guess it would be fair to say if you drew a halfway point between “Enemy of the State” and “Shoot’em Up” that is where you will find From Paris With Love.
Final Grade: B (just a lot of ass kicking fun.)