FROM PARIS WITH LOVE
Strong Action Movie, with Abundant Foul Language
Release Date: February 05, 2010
Starring: John Travolta, Jonathan Rhys
Meyers, Kasia Smutniak,
Richard Durden, Chems Dahmani,
and Amber Rose Revah
Genre: Spy Thriller
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 92 minutes
Distributor: Lionsgate Films
Director: Pierre Morel
Executive Producer: Anson Downes and Linda Rae
Producer: Virginie Besson-Silla
Writer: Luc Besson and Adi Hasak
Address Comments To:Jon Feltheimer, CEO
Lionsgate AKA Lions Gate Films
2700 Colorado Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Phone: (310) 449-9200
Fax: (310) 255-3870
James secretly works for the CIA doing mundane tasks. His big break to be a field operative comes when he is to drive Wax around Paris. Wax is an unconventional agent who tends to shoot first and figure it out later. He keeps James in the dark about the nature of what they are doing. At first, James is told that the mission is to shut down a drug cartel, but actually the drug cartel is just the way to discover the identity of a terrorist set to bomb a delegation visiting Paris that includes the U.S. President.
After many gun battles and seeing a man die close up, James decides he doesn’t want to be a field operative. Then, he discovers his fiancée is actually the terrorist and has been using him to get information. Now, James has to work with Wax to stop her.
FROM PARIS WITH LOVE is a straight-ahead action movie. There is much familiar in this buddy movie that harkens back to the LETHAL WEAPON series. The action is improbable, as the Wax character seems incapable of being shot despite rounds of bullets flying around him.
What works best about the movie is John Travolta as Wax, a larger than life anti-hero of sorts with a single-minded purpose of stopping terrorists.
Regrettably, FROM PARIS WITH LOVE has plenty of foul language, much of it the “f” word and said by the main characters. Also, there are two scenes where sex is implied. Finally, there is much violence as characters are shot and blown up. The underlying goal, however, is to stop terrorists.
FROM PARIS WITH LOVE is a straight-ahead, exciting action yarn. There is much familiar in this buddy movie that harkens back to the LETHAL WEAPON series. What works best is John Travolta’s performance as Wax, a larger than life anti-hero who has a single-minded purpose of stopping terrorists. Regrettably, there is plenty of strong foul language. There are also two implied sex scenes. Finally, there is much violence as characters are shot and blown up. The story’s underlying goal, however, is to stop the terrorists.