REVIEW: ‘From Paris with Love’

Director:
Pierre Morel
Cast:
John Travolta
Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Kasia Smutniak
Richard Durden
Rated: R

John Travolta characters sure love to swear these days, first “Taking of Pelham 123” and now this.

“With Love” follows the character James Reese (Meyers), an intelligence agent who’s about to step up with a promotion as he works in France. As this is happening, Reese is partnered with another agent named Charlie Wax.

Despite Reese having reservations about Wax for his peculiar methods, the two partner their way through their mission to stop a terrorist attack.

The movie starts off a bit slowly, but that ends real quick the second Travolta shows up. When he comes on screen, the film becomes an over the top collection of total schlock, and it’s a lot of fun. From start to finish, the film features in-your-face action and also delivers a sufficient amount of humor. Additionally, the movie even throws in some twists and turns.

Much of what makes the film work is Travolta, who completely steals the show just by how much he chews the scenery. In a more serious picture, this would be a detriment, but Travolta’s wild performance fits well in this b-movie grade buddy picture.

Credit does have to go to Meyers, though, who plays the more by the books character, but doesn’t do so in a way that’s annoying or condescending to Travolta’s character.

The action was really spectacular, with much of it being intense and well shot. From the hand to hand combat to a great chase scene, “From Paris with Love” puts a lot of exciting stuff on screen.

This is a film that a person doesn’t need to take too seriously and just have fun with. The action is solid and Travolta’s performance gives the picture so much energy. For being one of the most fun movies so far this year, it gets a 4 out of 5.

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Author: Matthew Liedke

My name is Matthew Liedke. I'm a reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer in Minnesota, but I also have a passion for the art of film. This passion led me to start writing about film in 2008. From 2008-2016 I wrote pieces at my own website, After the Movie Reviews. Then, from 2016-May 2018, my write-ups were featured on AreaVoices, a blog network run by Forum Communications Company. Today, I now write film reviews and other pieces here on Word Press. More about me: I'm a 2012 graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead where I studied journalism and film. Outside of film, I enjoy sports, video games, anime and craft beers.

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