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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…
rewatched because i wanted to see if i was right in my suspicions about Pierre Morel being a total hack, but had no memory of this. i was. this guy makes seven cuts when one will do, and as one of EuropaCorp's house assholes, he's fond of cutting away from impacts in favor of an illusion of speed. in fairness there's one decent shootout in an apartment building, but we're looking at two minutes out of 90-plus.
and speaking as a fan of manic Travolta performances, he's overdoing it here. look only to BROKEN ARROW or FACE/OFF to see the real thing. and fuck you for the Royale with Cheese joke.
while i'm at it, this is also generally racist and misogynist...every villain is either middle-eastern or asian or a woman. Luc Besson is a thoughtcriminal.
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.
John Travolta is a blast. Without him the film is "just" a disaster.
I refuse to believe there was any Love present in the making of this garbage. 18 Travoltas Down.
Watching this flick just...felt horrible. Had to take a shower.
It shouts "It's me, Besson! Look at me! USA! Weapons, suits, terrorists, weak bitchy women! Gangsta kids, strange foreign dark skinned people!" It's more clichéd than Transporter!
Even Travolta couldn't save this stuff.
This was much more entertaining than I had anticipated. When it came out in theatres there wasn't much said about it and I didn't know anyone who went to see it. It's a shame as this is a pretty great spy/action movie. The leads are a good pairing and the chemistry between them is enjoyable. A fun thrill ride.
Pretty bad but entertaining nonetheless
At first I didn't like this movie, not even the main characters, but luckily things changed quickly. Nevermind the plot (which actually works), this spoils us action movie fans. There is a praiseworthy amount of bodies and humour works as well. I really liked its honesty and relaxed atmosphere. Perhaps those who made John Wick learned from this movie, this is a good newer era action movie. Chases were nicely speedy and John Travolta's new style was convincing. Over all, this movie was highly entertaining and left me in a good mood for a long time even after seeing the movie.
Action. Muy, mucho, mas.
Indestructible action hero who always knows what to do no matter what; vulnerable rookie coming into his own as an action man. Check.
American acting crazy with total repudiation of local law enforcement. Check.
Asian, French, and Middle Eastern stereotypes. Check. American ones for that matter (since it’s a French production), also, check.
Over-the-hill actor going overboard with his performance and creepy look. Check.
Obligatory male bonding scene. Check.
Shallow plot punctuated by video game style violence. Check.
Look, if trash is what your fix demands, look no further. Even so, there is only so much dumb one can take in one sitting. Thankfully some basic character development and plot turns spike up the interest somewhat for the final act, but that really isn't saying very much.
Smash, Bang and kill them all. But with Travolta and Rhys-Meyers, truly enjoyable kick-ass entertainment. Ok, high body count and all but c'est la vie en France! :)
Travolta is just excellent in this one ! Would be really cool to get a sequel of this one.
This list is complied from the films mentioned in Jack Lehtonen's Mubi list on vulgar auteurism, the films mentioned in…