From Paris With Love

“A personal aide to U.S. Ambassador in France, James Reece (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) has an enviable life in Paris and a beautiful French girlfriend, but his real passion is his side job as a low-level operative for the CIA. All James wants is to become a bona fide agent and see some real action. So when he’s 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) – a trigger-happy, wisecracking, loose cannon who’s been sent to Paris to stop a terrorist attack. Wax leads James on a white-knuckle shooting spree through the Parisian underworld that has James praying for his desk job. But when James discovers he’s a target of the same crime ring they’re trying to bust, he realizes there’s no turning back…and that Wax himself might be his only hope for making it through the next forty-eight hours alive.” -IMDB

Yes, another cheesy action flick. But I can’t remember the last time I saw an action flick as terrible as this one, and I grew up on them. Calling this movie deplorable is giving it too much credit. It was one of the biggest wastes of time I have spent watching a movie in…. Well I can’t even remember. Even Clive Owen’s movie Shoot ’em Up had a better plot than this, and it was far cheesier. But then, when the main character kills a guy with a carrot through the mouth in the first few minutes it sort of makes you expect that sort of thing. I honestly believe that at least that movie was a sort of parody.

In the beginning the movie seems more like it might be an espionage flick than an action flick, but as soon as Travolta makes his shining entrance, all hope is lost. What plot had been fed to you before that seems to disappear completely until the last few minutes of the movie, and no connection between them is given throughout the rest. To call it back story for Rhys Meyers is to give it undue credit.

And what happened to Travolta anyway? He has done some gritty movies in the past, but they were a far cry better than this. Pulp Fiction, Get Shorty, Be Cool… But those were great movies. Classics, even. And he’s done some very great serious roles as well. His comedies are…. well they were enjoyable to a point, but comedy really isn’t his thing. But now? The last two movies I have watched him in were insulting to what he’s done before.

Hey Johnny boy, dropping the F-bomb every other word, mixing it up with other curse words, doesn’t make your character look like a badass. It makes him look like an uneducated idiot. If you really enjoy acting, try going back to movies like Ladder 49, Swordfish, A Civil Action… Movies that actually make you look like a credible actor and not just a monkey with a gun.

For those of you considering watching From Paris With Love, don’t waste your time. It was an insult without a real plot. And this coming from a girl that loves cheesy action flicks! The writer should be banished from Hollywood forever.

From one to five stars, I give this one 0. Like the F-bomb so much? You can have that as your grade too.



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