From Paris with Love (2010)
Critic Consensus: Thought not without its charms -- chief among them John Travolta's endearingly over-the-top performance -- From Paris with Love is too muddled and disjointed to satisfy.
This action film, directed by Pierre Morel (Taken), concerns young CIA agent James Reece (Jonathan Rhys-Meyers) who has a cushy day job but dreams of an exciting life in the field. When the agency offers him his first big-time assignment, James must team with crazed lone wolf Charlie Wax (John Travolta) to stop a terrorist bombing plot. Although James is initially in way over his head, he soon realizes that he needs to trust Charlie if he wants to live his dream and save his own life, because the bad guys not only want to cause damage to the city, but want James killed. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi … More
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Critic Reviews for From Paris with Love
If you like a violent, silly, frenetic style of film you'll find plenty to enjoy here.
Itâ(TM)s not enough to allow the film to rise above its guilty-until-proven-innocent conception of justice. Reprehensible, then, but what fun!
The goatee-sporting, shaven-headed Travolta throws himself around with gusto, and the action is bruising and bloody, but to a viewer on this side of La Manche, the film's casually racist attitude to its non-white characters is shocking.
Audience Reviews for From Paris with Love
Non stop action lots of explosions a wise cracking Travolta. This was a good time from start to finish. Didnt have to think at all!
Entertaining but ultimately dumb action thriller with Travolta trying to be Mr. Cool once again. It works for some scenes but feels forced in others. It's just one of those action films that tries to tell a story set in the real world, but isn't really. Too many plot holes, inconsistencies and unbelievable character decisions make this a work of pulp, that shows little respect for the worth of a human life. That being said, the very bloody shootouts are well filmed and you never get bored, because it all happens rather fast. In the end you're wondering what all the fuzz was about, shrug and move on to entertainment with more content.
Wax: Welcome to Paris, baby.
"Two agents. One city. No merci."
From Paris with Love is a ridiculous, moronic, gun toting, zero brain having action thriller. There's no originality to be had with this one. From start to finish it's a standard, all action movie; and thank God for that because when they stop long enough to speak is when it gets unwatchable. So I obviously hated the movie, right? Wrong. Come on... it may be stupid, it may be unoriginal, but it's 90 minutes of pure popcorn fun. Not all movies have to change the world. This one certainly didn't, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.
An American embassy worker in Paris gets pulled into a terrorist plot when he is told to pick up a special ops agent named Wax. The two run around Paris getting in shootouts, car chases, and anything else you can think of. Hell for half the movie, Jonathan Rhys Meyers is carrying a vase full of cocaine. It's not an intelligent thriller, but it makes up for it with knowing just how bad it is. Nobody involved here thought they were doing anything more than making a dumb action movie. When a film is aware of just how moronic it is, it almost makes up for it.
The film also doesn't overstay its small welcome. When the film actually starts, it ends up running around an hour. The first half hour is just introductory bullshit. I even had fun watching that. There's definitely a certain satisfaction I got from watching Travolta be even crazier than normal. Plus, he has a nice little Royale with Cheese to remind everyone that he has starred in a smart action movie before. I always like a nice little allusion.
Not good. I'll be the first to admit that, but if you are willing to throw your brain away for an hour and a half and just bask in the ridiculousness of everything that is this movie; you could potentially have a lot of fun. Actually, I just watched it for the second time, yet it felt like the first. Probably because I forgot the whole movie twenty minutes after watching it, which will probably happen again this time. It's a movie that will always feel like the first time.
From Paris with Love Quotes
|Charlie Wax:||Checkmate, motherfucker!|
|Charlie Wax:||This motherfucker hates Americans so much, even though we saved his country's ass in not only one world war but two, he still won't let me through with my cans!|
|James Reece:||Sir, you do realize that I am not Special Ops certified, right?|
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