'From Paris with Love'
(John Travolta, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, et al / DVD / R / 2010 / LGF)
Overview: James Reece (Jonathan Rhys-Meyers), personal aide to the U.S. Ambassador to France, is secretly moonlighting as a low-level CIA operative. Looking for more action, Reece accepts a job that teams him with wise-cracking special agent Charlie Wax (John Travolta), a trigger-happy loose cannon sent to Paris on a mission of international importance!
DVD Verdict: 'From Paris With Live' is an odd title for this 93 minutes of slaughtering in the name of smoking out Terrorists. But then it is an odd movie, too, one that fans of John Travolta's screen chewing side will love.
There is so little story that it doesn't need summary. Two guys - one Special OPs wannabe James Reece (Jonathan Rhys Meyers with an American accent) is assigned to partner with an infamous spy called Charlie Wax (John Travolta in top edgy comedic form) to first uncover a cocaine ring of Chinese (they accomplish this by killing everyone) and then the two jump around on buildings and stairwells and car chases and explosions to uncover planned terrorist attack from the Pakistanis - again accomplished by killing everyone.
There is a bit of twist in the relationship of Reece and his beautiful girlfriend Caroline (Kasia Smutniak) that adds a bit of story to the otherwise bullet-infested goings-on, but best that be not revealed as it is the only part of the film that resembles story.
The reason this creation by writers Luc Beeson and Adi Hasak works in the hands of director Pierre Morel lies completely in the entertainment provided by Travolta - and the straight guy image of Rhys Meyers. Their banter does little to make us get into the characters, but they do provide a vaudeville-like dance with weapons peppered with some funny set-ups and dialog to make this movie entertaining.
At least everyone appreciates the purpose of making the movie is not a serious one and watching it can be a fairly good evening's past time. [GH] This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.35:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Audio commentary with director Pierre Morel
The making-of 'From Paris with Love'
Spies, Spooks and Special Ops: Life Under Cover
Secrets of Spy Craft: Inside the International Spy Museum