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26th February 2010

Summary:

John Travolta and Jonathan Rhys-Meyers pair up as intelligence agents on a mission to stop a terrorist attack in Paris.

James Reese (Jonathan Rhys-Meyers) is a low-ranking intelligence operative working in the office of the US Ambassador in France. But life takes an unexpected turn when he gets hooked up with Charlie Wax (John Travolta), a high-ranking FBI agent who's been sent to Paris to foil a large-scale terrorist plot. Charlie's not afraid to spray bullets in all directions and leave mayhem in his wake, but his gung-ho, wisecracking ways soon wear thin for James, who likes to do things by the book. But with the duo running short of time to smoke out the bad guys, will it be a case of 'till death does them part'? Rules and regulations go right out of the window as a chaotic series of gunfights, car chases and explosions ensue in the world's most romantic city.

Review:

Pierre Morel & Luc Besson delivered one of the best action films of the last decade, Taken. Even people who typically despise the action genre were won over by it. So where do Pierre & Besson head from here? They made the move to appeal solely to the action fan base. From Paris With Love is made for genre fans, not your average movie-goer. The first 20 minutes are spent with Jonathan Rhys Meyers and it feels a little slow. Once John Travolta's character comes into the story the film takes off like a roller-coaster. His charisma gives the film an extra kick and it gives much of the action a new flavor. Once the fun starts it doesn't stop. Whenever you think this film is slowing down it's really getting ready for the next shootout. You're on the edge of your seat until the very end. Actually, one of my two complaints is the end (I won't spoil anything). Let's just say the last 5 minutes feel a little rushed. If you loved going to the theater to see Live Free Or Die Hard, Rambo, & Taken than this is for you.