From Paris with Love (15)

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<strong>Rating: </strong><span class='lf-avgRating'>3</span>/5

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Time Out says

Tue Feb 23 2010

‘His playbook may be a bit unorthodox but he gets things done!’ The most recycled snippet of dialogue in the maverick-cop genre is rolled out to honour the dubious methods of lead-sheddin’, gack-snorting FBI wildman, Charlie Wax (John Travolta). Looking like Fu-Manchu in surplus combat gear and not so much chewing the scenery as using it for target practice, he’s teamed with preppy, pencil-pushing office bod James Reece (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) to take down a Parisian drug cartel as quickly and violently as possible.

With the story swiftly descending into a series of spuriously linked encounters in which the pair find themselves terrorised by many different ethnic minorities, the film is best when examining the unexpected chemistry between its unlikely leads. Cinematographer-turned-director Pierre Morel (‘Taken’) composes the action sequences with the balletic sheen of Hong Kong-era John Woo, but it’s not enough to allow the film to rise above its guilty-until-proven-innocent conception of justice. Reprehensible, then, but what fun!
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15

UK release:

Fri Feb 26, 2010

Duration:

92 mins

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JOE LUGO

Nice story,told terribly in this film. no swagger no style at all. reminded me of cho yun fat's ''the killer'' only cho's was better.perharps because i have double standards when rating asian clips and hollywood..or just maybe cho's action scenes where better compared to the braindead action in this film. from paris with love lacked believability and the makers were trying too hard to impress forgetting that being impressive requires some finnesse.

Frank

This was clearly under-rated by the critics. The action was non-stop, it was a great buddy movie which in my view cried out for a sequel

Frank

This was clearly under-rated by the critics. The action was non-stop, it was a great buddy movie which in my view cried out for a sequel

james

Couldn't agree more with dicky; the film is intensly boring. Braindead action sillyness with an incredibly irritating John Travolta. How it got the 3 stars is a mystery since it's not April's fool yet. The cliches pile up and the story is so vacuous it hurts. Makes cinema a truly painful experience the kind you wish to be inflicted on your worst enemy!

President Bush

Fiction, TimeOut gets it wrong the FBI operates in the USA not overseas. I can tell you that Charlie Wax works for the CIA, fact not fiction. Great film.

princess

I's gonna do for me boy friend he don't take me to dis crap film last nite - I wus soooo bored.

Violetta

Plotless, charmless, extreme daftness, full of vacuous one liners this makes every James Bond film Oscar worthy material. There is zip credibility between the two led actors with an ultra cheesy ending. The action scenes lack verve, directing skill and any sense of newness; you've seen this all so many time before. James Reece a PA to the US Paris embassy wants to be a CIA agent, he gets his chance from a random link in with Charlie Wax, played at hands-off cruise speed by a wasted talent John Travolta. Charlie Wax can't be killed and James Reece doesn't want to kill anyone; he stands by most of the movie holding a Chinese vase topped up with coke. This is the comedy aspect - an idiot holding a vase. Do not waste your time on this tat - you have been warned.

Russell

Hmmm.. very silly.. but really great fun, high octane.. leave your brain at the door nonsense, Travolta is really good hamming it up, shiny of dome, loose of lip, it's not a film you will have on your all time list, but it is worth a peek and has some really excellent set pieces.

philmk

A series of gun battles, in which Travolta is invulnerable. No stray round to stop him, and the bad guys die by the dozen. After a point, the action is just boring. At least "Taken" had an interesting story.

Roman

I dont agrre with previous comments. Great action movie, i really enjoy every minute in cinema. Travolta is awesome. Good scenario and acting, great photos and characteristic.

Roman

I dont agrre with previous comments. Great action movie, i really enjoy every minute in cinema. Travolta is awesome. Good scenario and acting, great photos and characteristic.

Dicky

Not my usual type of film, but thought I’d see it as it’s been given 3 (overly generous) stars by Time Out. . John Travolta is seriously miscast. Where he was mean and cool in “Pulp Fiction�, here he just looks a dick. Pretty boy Jonathan Rhys Meyers starts the film as ultra cool embassy hit man and for some reason turns into a quivering hopeless hit man-cum-wreck when Travolta joins him on an implausible drugs mission. Pretty boy speaks Mandarin, French, German, and English … not bad for a boy from the Bronx whose voice appears to have just broken. Like I say, all highly improbable. If the producers are hoping they have a new Matt Damon on their hands, they’re wrong. Rhys Meyers looks awkward in this film. . After 15 minutes I was wishing I wasn’t there. After 30 minutes it became apparent other members of the audience wished weren’t either – the mobile phones had come out and messages were being checked – the back row at the Empire Leicester Square’s great for that alone. . After 1hr I was wishing I was at home in bed … so left to fulfil my wish. You’ll be wishing you’d stayed in bed if you attempt this one, so perhaps insist on taking a duvet, pillow, and PJs if you’re persuaded/forced to go see this “1 star� turkey. . Don’t worry if you miss “From Paris With Love� … it’ll be available on DVD at a pound shop near you very soon. If you want to see a good film set in France without the posturing, “A Prophet� is still showing. It won a BAFTA for best foreign language film last week. Highly, highly recommended.