From Paris with Love

6 Apr

Title: From Paris with Love
Year: 2010
Director: Pierre Morel
Writers: Luc Besson and Adi Hasak
Starring: John Travolta, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Kasia Smutniak
MPAA Rating: R, strong bloody violence throughout, drug content, pervasive language and brief sexuality
Runtime: 92 min
Major Awards:
IMDb Rating: 6.5
Rotten Tomatoes: 36%

This is a loud film, and as such it fails, it just goes BOOM! and BANG! and POW! without it actually being any good in between that, but at least by going loud it went loud all out, and had John Travolta in a performance that even though is far from good is super fun to watch, because he’s the loudest part of the film, and he knows he is, which is why it’s so fun to watch him go at it.

The plot of the film is about Mr. Travolta’s character, Charlie Wax, a guy who has his head shaved and sports a goatee, he’s been sent on a mission to Paris (duh), and then… ugh, who are we kidding, we don’t go to these films for the plot, unless you’re an idiot who actually enjoys the moronic plot and plot devices these films employ to go from loud band to louder bang to all-hell-breaks-loose car chase scene. We go to these films to have fun, and as I said, Travolta is fun, but the actual film, I found, actually isn’t. Though I found it cool that Travolta’s wife, Kelly Preston, and the guy who came up with the story, Luc Besson, both can be seen in super small cameo’s you’ll catch if you’re paying close attention.

This is pretty much it for my review of From Paris with Love, I genuinely have shit else to say about it, I didn’t love it, but I didn’t hate it either, mostly because it at least didn’t allow itself to be hated, and because Jonathan Rhys Meyers’ character gave a Star Trek reference, and Travolta had a fun moment in which he mentioned a Royale with Cheese, a nod to the best film he’s ever been in, Pulp Fiction, a film that has nothing to do with this one whatsoever, mind you.

Grade: C+

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