With its misleading title, one would be forgiven for expecting an arty romance drama. However, love is the furthest thing on any of the minds of the characters in this violent and stylish thriller.
Two CIA operatives are teamed together in Paris to stop a terrorist attack. James Reese is the rookie who's in over his head. And Charlie Wax is the veteran agent who's seen it all before, (and he may also be playing both sides). Reece is the narrative focal point of the film, as he has to come to terms with the reckless yet effective methods dealt out by Wax, as well as trying to figure out if he can be trusted.
The first hour of the movie is very well shot, and the action scenes are immaculately staged, but the plot gets very muddled-up at times and it's sometimes hard to keep track of who's who. But there's a stunning twist in the final third of the movie which sets up an exciting double-climax. And with John Travolta giving a more-than-decent performance as the over-the-top Wax, the hour and a half spent investing in this movie certainly isn't dull. (by Carlisle Johnson)
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’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.
Lions Gate Home Entertainment
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• Jonathan Rhys Meyers
||192 x 137 x 15mm (L x W x T)
||1 hour, 35 minutes
Region 2. This DVD will play in all South African DVD players.
|| Dolby Digital 5.0
|| Widescreen 16:9 (1.78:1)
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From Paris with Love
Mon, 17 Mar 2014 | Review by: Micky B
An international espionage action film, which starts with CIA low level operative James Reece (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) enjoying the good life in Paris as a personal aide to the US Ambassador in France.while also devoting time to his beautiful fiancee, Caroline.(Kasia Sputnikas.) But Reese has ambitions to rise in the eyes of his superiors – and is given the temporary job of partnering over-the-top secret agent, Charlie Wax (John Travolta.) Much of the rest of the film is about how the parners manage to work together; what their assignments are, and whether or not they succeed in them. Of course there are the expected other “sleeper” agents; a suicide bomber with explosives fitted around the waist; weapon smugglers, the occasional car chase...and plenty of other action to keep our attention focused to the screen for the film's entire 92 minutes of running time! John Travolta makes the most of his already juicy role, and the rest of the casts acting is pretty good as well. Not too much thinking is required for this one...and hat makes it all the more enjoyable.
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