From Paris with Love (and Laughter and Totally Unbelievable Action Sequences)
Looking for a fun, light-hearted action flick this weekend? Then catch “From Paris with Love” with John Travolta and Jonathon Rhys Meyers. Rhys Meyers plays the embassy aide cum junior spy perfectly. Pair him with wise-cracking and unorthodox super-spy Travolta, and you’ll be snickering even as you roll your eyes at the action sequences.
This is not a grip the edge of your seat thriller. It is a fun-filled trip through parts of the Paris underworld where Travolta drags Rhys Meyers into “real” spying – toting a vase filled with cocaine from the Eiffel tower to a seedy apartment complex and counting the bodies that add up along the way. Somehow, each improbable stop gives them what they need to get through the next stop. Add in the love interest for our young hopeful, and the stage is set for shoot-outs between frantic calls to the girl explaining why she saw him in the elevator with that hooker and her pimp.
Don’t get me wrong. I walked into the theater expecting a predictable but funny action movie that skates lightly over improbabilities (like a rocket launcher in a highway chase scene). I got exactly what I expected – and laughed the whole time I was in the theater. It didn’t matter that I guessed who the bad guys where in the first fifteen minutes; getting to the denouement was still fun. Travolta’s character was willing to poke fun at his sidekick and himself. Each Travolta the actor got in on the fun with a reference to his favorite Parisian food (think Pulp Fiction).
So if you’re looking to spend a few hours in a darkened theater being entertained, see “From Paris with Love”. If you’re looking for a weighty intelligence film addressing the fight on terror, try HBO.