Genres: Action/Adventure, Art/Foreign and Thriller
Running Time: 1 hr. 35 min.
Release Date: February 5th, 2010 (wide)
MPAA Rating: R for strong bloody violence throughout, drug content, pervasive language and brief sexuality.
Director: Pierre Morel
JJ Rating: B+
James Reese (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) is requested to be the driver of a crazed agent Charlie Wax (John Travolta) in Paris. Wax’s methods are unorthodox and put Reese on the edge and question him every step of the way. Wax might have out there methods but he proves over and over again that he knows what he’s doing even if it’s not clear to anyone else while he’s doing it. From Paris with Love.
From Paris with Love is a fun movie. There’s nothing more to it. John Travolta is hilarious. He delivers his lines with biting sarcasm and wit with perfection. His character is so brazen it’s awesome. Jonathan Rhys Meyers plays the unsure character. He doesn’t know if he should trust what Wax is doing or doubt him and stop him. Rhys Meyers plays his part well. They have great chemistry together. They made a fun pair.
There was great action moments. Great car chase scene. Great lines. Great surprises. Great abrupt moments. It has the right amount of thrill that’ll keep many entertained.
I enjoyed the mindlessness of it. I enjoyed that the plot was simple and to the point. I liked that it was fast paced. It hit hard with what it wanted to deliver and it did not disappoint me.
What I learned from From Paris with Love was that there is great reason why the French dislikes America if this is how they are treated. I learned that calculating is important. Stay in school and learn your numbers. I learned that appreciation for having your skin saved doesn’t exist in the political world. Apparently they think they are impervious to harm. If only they could prove it sometimes.
Looking for a good old fun time? Then you should see From Paris with Love. If you don’t mind crude language and a bit of blood then you’ll enjoy this thrill ride with Travolta. I would see it again even though the “with love” aspect of the title is totally sarcastic and doesn’t mean much more than France wishing brute Americans would just not visit them.