Saturday, July 24, 2010
Directed by Pierre Morel
Starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers, John Travolta, Kasia Smutniak, Richard Durden
Luc Besson who wrote the script for this film has made several succesful and very entertaing action screenplays in the last decade or so with movies like Taxi, Transporter and most notably Danny The Dog (aka Unleashed).
James Reece (Rhys Meyers) is a low-level spy working at the US embassy in Paris, from where he executes minor tasks of attaining information. He dreams of bigger assignments and one day he's ordered to escort an American operative Charlie Wax (Travolta)around town. Little does he realise at first that Wax is actually on a mission to hunt down Islamic fundamentalist terrorists who are targeting a very high profile conference taking place in Paris.
Besson also wrote the script for director Morel's previous film, the greatly underrated Taken, starring Liam Neeson. Taken was an action packed, fun and very geniusly cast whereas From Paris With Love is only action packed minus the fun and spot-on casting. On one hand Travolta must be thanked for trying something different with Wax's character and he's not bad in the role, but he is in the wrong movie. Wax would've been good in Face/Off 2. There are plenty of jokes written into the movie, but they just don't spark enough to get any actual laughs. From Paris With Love is a rare missfire from the golden goose that is Luc Besson.
Yleensä kaikessa yksinkertaisuudessaan niin nerokkaita toimintakomedioita kynäilevä Luc Besson on tehnyt tällä kertaa väliinputoajan. Travoltakaan ei ole huono ja vaikka hänelle täytyy toisaalta nostaa hattua tuoreesta perspektiivistä, on hänen tulkitsema Charlie Wax väärässä elokuvassa. Yritys on kova, mutta kun ei toimi niin ei toimi.
From Paris With Love at IMDb