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From Paris with Love
Two agents. One city. No merci.
While working at the American embassy in Paris, low-level intelligence agent James Reece gets involved in espionage when he's pulled into a terrorist plot by high-ranking but uncouth American operative Charlie Wax, who's trying to stop it.
If I had directed this film, the first thing I would have done was demand that both the main actors shave. Their facial hair is the worst. Travolta's evil goatee looks like it is either dyed, or fake, and Rhy Meyers barely there upper lip & chin scruff is simply terrible.
Apart from my problems with the facial hair, I actually have a lot of fun with this film. The story is pretty much nonsensical, but who needs story when there is so much pointless killing going on. I think technically Travolta's character Charlie Wax could be charged with multiple counts of murder, as he kills many unarmed people in the film, when arresting them would have made more sense. I…
No amount of bald, goatee wearing, foul mouthed, ludicrously overacting Travolta can save this film from being the boring and predictable waste of time that it is.
Oh dear, whoever picked that stunt man to mimic John Travolta must have been fucking blind.
Put this on confusing it for 2 Days In Paris when Travolta started shouting mother fucker and shooting people I realised I put on the wrong film. Great mistake. Travolta is amazing in this film.
Fucking hell, when will directors stop casting John Travolta?? I think the older he gets, the worse he gets. For anybody to think he is a badass in this means they are kidding themselves. He is a cartoon character of himself, and no matter what he does that is an attempt to give him a polish as an actor. He will just be a polished turd. I don't think he was a great actor at any point in his career, but at least I liked his performances throughout most of it. And Meyers, who I liked a whloe lot from the Tudors, wasn't very effective either. He was pretty much the bumbling sidekick to Travolta's demented sense of action star.…
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Champions a Western, flag-waving middle finger to the liberal French cinematic administration, placed in a city that hates playing host to this kind of nonsense. Intentionally hilarious for a time, Travolta getting stopped at French customs cause he won't leave his energy drink. Too bad it's not actually about the energy drinks - it was actually a spy maneuver to get weapons into the country - and the film isn't actually about a conflict of culture between American and French action tropes.
Enjoyed this one a lot more than I thought I would. Morel's sense of pacing remains from Taken, but this time around his handling of the action is a bit more assured (or at the very least, his rapid cutting and handheld camerawork work better with the gun violence here than they did with the fights in Taken). John Travolta is very entertaining to watch and he attempts to outdo his performance in Face/Off in the amount of scenery chewed (he fails, but gives an admirable effort). The script is also substantially better than Taken's, with some amusing riffs on the buddy action movie, and Travolta's character seems written as a satire of gung-ho American interventionism (it would be interesting to see a sequel which plays up the film's satirical qualities, but I doubt that's happening).
From Paris With Love is insane, from the first minute to the last it's non stop action. Boasting one of Travolta's most gonzo performances as CIA operative who's methods might not be normal, but he gets the job done, he is partnered up with straight arrow Agent Jonathon Rhys Meyers and together they plan to take down Chinese drug dealers and Pakistani terrorists one bullet at a time. It's seriously mental.
James Reece is the personal aide to the U.S. Ambassador to France at the U.S. Embassy in Paris and is your typical pencil pusher, that is until he starts receiving small assignments from the Special Ops division. All James wants is to become more involved with Special Ops instead of spending his career behind a desk. When operative Charlie Wax needs a new partner they seem to think that James can handle the assignment. James, seeing this as a promotion opportunity, gladly accepts his new assignment until he meets Wax. He figures Wax to be an arrogant person at first, but he soon realizes that his mission is to stop a Pakistani terrorist network in Paris. By the time James…
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Una muy buena película de acción, donde podemos ver a Travolta siendo un total badass (no como en Killing Season).
El giro a la historia justo antes del final hace los últimos minutos bastante predecibles, pudieron esperar para hacer el twist un poco más.
Para una buena tarde de acción.
Three things about this movie:
1) Seems like EuropaCorp's way of entering the american market is by making their movies really racist.
2) It's mostly all balls and no brains. But maybe you're not into brains?
3) Of course they visit the Eifel Tower.
As a film buff sometimes I wonder what even gives certain filmakers the passion to even make certain films. Did the guy that make this think that this was sort of clever action/thriller?. John Travolta is ridiculously over the top in this, the supporting cast are average, everything that happens is to unbelievable. There are times when the director seems to do something interesting but what a waste of time.
Action packed and featuring great characters, From Paris with Love follows in the footsteps of Taken and is very entertaining and fun.
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