From Paris with Love

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  • Summary: A personal aide to the U.S. Ambassador in France, James Reese has an enviable life in Paris and a beautiful French girlfriend, but his real passion is his side job as a low-level operative for the CIA. All James wants is to become a bona fide agent and see some real action. So when he’sA personal aide to the U.S. Ambassador in France, James Reese has an enviable life in Paris and a beautiful French girlfriend, but his real passion is his side job as a low-level operative for the CIA. All James wants is to become a bona fide agent and see some real action. So when he’s offered his first senior-level assignment, he can’t believe his good luck – until he meets his new partner, special agent Charlie Wax. A trigger-happy, wisecracking, loose cannon who’s been sent to Paris to stop a terrorist attack, Wax leads James on a white-knuckle shooting spree through the Parisian underworld that has James praying for his desk job. But when James discovers he’s a target of the same crime ring they’re trying to bust, he realizes there’s no turning back…and that Wax himself might be his only hope for making it through the next forty-eight hours alive. (Lionsgate)
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 32
  2. Negative: 9 out of 32
  1. Stoopid fun, From Paris With Love doesn't do much for Paris or love, or your brain cells, but it flies like a crazed eagle on uppers and comes from the talented, propulsive schlocketeer Pierre Morel.
  2. 70
    He (Morel) brings in lobotomized entertainment at 90-odd minutes. During the February doldrums, this cannot be underestimated.
  3. Reviewed by: Angie Errigo
    60
    It’s absolute nonsense, of course, but does quite nicely as knockabout Friday night fun. We can smell a sequel if Travolta can be bothered.
  4. 50
    This is the sort of asinine action exercise that needs a star to blow up cars and leap from rooftop to rooftop with gusto.
  5. If so inclined for a breezy, violent time-waster audiences could do worse. Travolta sadly can do so much better.
  6. Still, the action is ponderous too. Mr. Morel is no Kubrick, or Tarantino, just as Mr. Travolta's caricature of John Travolta is no Travolta.
  7. 0
    We all know how rotten today’s movies can be, but even at the bottom of the slag pit, you won’t find a load of garbage any smellier than From Paris With Love.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 39
  2. Negative: 4 out of 39
  1. Jul 18, 2016
    10
    Coming into this movie I didn't expect much. But once I decided to give it a watch...I loved it!!! Only because the film didn't make past $100Coming into this movie I didn't expect much. But once I decided to give it a watch...I loved it!!! Only because the film didn't make past $100 million dollars on Box Office, dosen't mean it's going to be bad. I am suprised this film only made $52 million, although that is still good but it should have done better.
    This film fits perfectly well with other Travolta action flicks: Broken Arrow, Face/Off, Swordwish and even The Punisher. Very good film, in fact I would consider this to be one of my favourite films in his career. The action is incredible, plus you get Travolta's great funny, comedic style acting. Ditto the film!
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  2. RielC.
    Feb 11, 2010
    10
    I don't know why the critics didn't like it... I enjoyed this movie very much. It has the perfect balance between action and comedy.
  3. [Anonymous]
    Feb 7, 2010
    9
    Turn your brain off at the door, and you'll have a great time!! Non stop action and humor, but not much of a story line. Travolta is a Turn your brain off at the door, and you'll have a great time!! Non stop action and humor, but not much of a story line. Travolta is a over the top bad-ass super agent who can take out an entire gang of thugs without breaking a sweat. If you can get past that... you'll be entertained!! Expand
  4. NickK.
    Jun 4, 2010
    7
    Fun movie, great action. Could use some more depth and substance though. But really brings nostalgia action movie factor into the mix.
  5. Sep 23, 2013
    7
    Whilst it's not exactly high art, From Paris with Love is a very entertaining slice of popcorn action. John Travolta is excellent as theWhilst it's not exactly high art, From Paris with Love is a very entertaining slice of popcorn action. John Travolta is excellent as the maniacal agent Wax; he's just tons of fun to watch. Well paced with exciting action scenes, From Paris with Love is a superior action flick. Expand
  6. Jan 10, 2011
    6
    Watching old-John Travolta was running, hopping, and climbing was very refreshing. It looks like he is trying to be Bourne. ThizWatching old-John Travolta was running, hopping, and climbing was very refreshing. It looks like he is trying to be Bourne. Thiz criminal-thriller was directed by Pierre Morel. The man is known as creditable Cinematographer, behind THE TRANSPORTER (2002), SOMETHING GOTTA GIVE (2003), and UNLEASHED (2005). In my point of view, Morel action scene is always excessive and hard to believe to happen in real situation, although is still entertaining. His directing credits are DISTRICT 13 (2004) and TAKEN (2008), which loved by most critics. Thiz side kick-action-adventure, Travolta accompanied by Jonathan Rhys Meyers, who once again showed his skill by speaking Chinese language fluently in one of the scenes. The script had some potential to develop to be more interesting and interspaces with some funny scenes. The story is about an US ambassador assistant (Rhys Meyers) tasked to escort a special agent (Travolta) in some mysterious mission. Later, this mission also involve with Rhys Meyers character fiancé (Kasia Smutniak). The surprise character on thiz movie spotlights on Smutniak who just made her Hollywood debut. In my notes, thiz movie had some weaknesses on story-telling, by spoiling too much on its surprising elements. I already had a feeling where thiz story would goes to, even on the early scenes. The elements were too obvious to notice, (Spoiler Alert!) Bcoz the character played by unknown artist and shared too much screen (even on the beginning scenes). In one of the scenes, when Smutniak character were waving goodbye to her fiancé (Rhys Meyers), where the scene is too underline and the duration is too long, I already known definitely she will be the bad guy. Or just simply, if you sensitive enough, you could already found out on the title itself! Visit My Blog on JONNY'S MOVEE : http://jonnyfendi.blogspot.com Expand
  7. Feb 5, 2012
    1
    I was thoroughly disappointed by From Paris with Love. Luc Besson's normally energetic and no-nonsense writing feels turgid, and directorI was thoroughly disappointed by From Paris with Love. Luc Besson's normally energetic and no-nonsense writing feels turgid, and director Pierre Morel has made films that are both more fun (District 13) and more consistent (Taken) than this sorry affair. Both leads are miscast - Johnathan Rhys Meyers' ambassador's assistant and part-time CIA operative James Reese quite remarkably manages to come across as both wooden and camp at the same time, and John Travolta's agent Charlie Wax is just an offensive, egotistic, fat old man who couldn't believably pull off half the stunts he does in this film (Travolta clearly has a good stunt man to do the tricky stuff, and the camera craftily cuts away whenever he's required to run). The plot is predictable, the representations of various ethnicities in Paris borderline offensive, and the action is unimaginative, and surprisingly infrequent for an action film. The only thing the film really does is raise the occasional smile with a few passable jokes (usually when Reese points out the ridiculousness of the situation, or when Travolta is particularly hammy) though even this is somewhat spoiled by a decision to crowbar in a reference to one of the lead actor's biggest hits. I'm sure said line was intended to be funny, but instead it just causes you to groan in deep embarrassment. From Paris with Love is only worth watching for the odd chuckle - it works on no other level, not as an action film, thriller, comment on terrorism and paranoia, not even as a buddy movie. It's merde, Monsieur Besson and Monsieur Morel, and you both need to have a long, hard think about where your careers are heading. Expand

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