From Paris With Love
Wow! I can tell it’s the new year for movies. Just after studios finished cramming all their Oscar contending films, they fill the theaters with their worthless films they don’t believe will bring in any summer blockbuster cash or have any quality merit to garner any awards. My point is this film is crap. It is absolutely horrible.
The story doesn’t waste any time getting into things but you know exactly what’s going to happen throughout the entire film. James Reece (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) has just got a promotion from a low-level operative for the CIA. His first senior-level assignment is to help get his new partner out of customs. Unknowingly to Reece his new partner is Charlie Wax (John Travolta), a smart alec, loose cannon who’s good with a weapon and his fists. Wax was brought in special to Paris to stop a terrorist attack. Most of the film our duo is moving through a chain of command of bad guys as Wax kills everyone in site and Reece tags along a little over his head trying to call his new fiancé to explain he won’t be back. Seriously, this along with a few other gimmicks I think are supposed to be somewhat comic relief moments.
This was such a poor action movie; you would never guess that it was released in 2010. The bad guys would always run out in plain site with their machine gun flaring every which way but their target. It was as if their primary goal was to make it as easy as possible for Travolta to shoot them. At least a film like SHOOT EM UP knows what it is and embraces it, focusing only on making the action crazy and ridiculous. FROM PARIS WITH LOVE has no focus.
There are more holes in this farce than Swiss cheese. Great, now the lack of creativity and lameness is rubbing off onto my review. Nothing made any sense. Cops quit pursuits after half a second, bad guys have no relevance or intelligence (that actually goes for all the characters) and the two leads seem to be able to come and go everywhere without any knowledge, time or resistance. The story is by Luc Besson who has done great work like LEON: THE PROFESSIONAL, THE FIFTH ELEMENT and TAKEN. I don’t think he’s trying anymore.
The acting wasn’t able to help matters any. I like Rhys Meyers at times aside from his sort of distracting, baby face look to him. He didn’t seem to know what was going on, never knowing how he should play the character, which kept him at a middle ground that created no emotion at all. His little monologue on love before he fires his gun at the end of the film made me laugh out loud. In his defense the script and cheesy music cued up over him did not help at all. Travolta was good. I think he shines as a bad guy or at least the bad good guy here, however, the material is not worthy of him and I don’t understand why he continues to choose weak drivel- see OLD DOGS. But what really hurts is he quotes an exact line from PULP FICTION as a little wink. Please Mr. Travolta, don’t taint that beloved film with the stench of this one.
Everything in this film falls a little flat and lacks a certain energy. It’s as if no effort was put in this production at all. All the action is borrowed from other films before it, but done far worse. The creativity was zero. Nothing was new or different. There is not one scene that stands out as memorable except perhaps maybe Travolta shooting guys Matrix style. But that scene is memorable because it is done more like a spoof it’s so bad. It belonged in a Naked Gun movie. I would equate this film to someone filming me play imaginary cops and robbers as a kid, then taking a lot of money and filming it shot for shot not wanting to mess with the magic in a bottle an eight year old was able to capture.