From Paris with Love Movie Review

In the mood to watch a bald, scarf-wearing Travolta kicking plenty of ass? If you said no, then there is no hope for you, but if you said yes, than boy, do I have a movie for you!

Short nitty-gritty plot description from IMDb is as follows: In Paris, a young employee in the office of the US Ambassador hooks up with an American spy looking to stop a terrorist attack in the city. 

I’m a little late to the party on this movie. It’s been out since 2010 and I just got around to watching it, but I’m glad I did. Based on a story by Luc Besson, who you may know from such hits as Léon: The Professional and the Transporter series (which this film has more in common with). If you enjoy explosions, a fairly straight forward but easy to follow plot, car chases and violence, then From Paris with Love covers all the bases.

I wouldn’t go into this movie expecting the most amazing acting ever, if you do you’ll be deeply disappointed by your main lead, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, who plays James Reece. Him and his disturbing moustache look like they’re just there for the paycheque. It’s probably not his fault, as most of his time is spent with the scene stealing Charlie Wax, played by John Travolta. Travolta has a blast in this role and you can tell while you’re watching. He’s energetic, funny and kicks all sorts of ass. I could watch a movie just based on his character, in fact have him team up with his character in Swordfish, Gabriel Shear. You could call the movie, Shear Wax.*

Conclusion time! An enjoyable time at the movies is what this film will provide you. No need to over think the plot, just sit back and watch a bald Travolta whoop a bunch of ass. Just remember to avert your eyes whenever Jonathan Rhys Meyers moustache shows up on screen. That thing will eat your soul.

The stuff of nightmares.

*You’re welcome, Hollywood.


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