FROM PARIS WITH LOVE – Review
Posted by Editor on October 30, 2010 | No Comments
FILM – FROM PARIS WITH LOVE
PRODUCER – LUC BESSON, INDIA OSBORNE, VIRGINIE SILLA
DIRECTOR – PIERRE MOREL
SCREENPLAY – ADI HASAK
STORY – LUC BESSON
CAST – JOHN TRAVOLTA, JONATHATN RHYS MEYERS, KASIA SMUTNIK.
MUSIC – DAVID BUCKLEY
Man and machine, has made for million stories and makes for one yet again. Pierre Morel-directed and Luc Besson-written ‘From Paris with Love’ is that mean man and machine action drama for those popcorn entertaining one and half hours that come and go at will without leaving behind more than a lack of regret.
So lean man James Reese (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) and mean man Charlie Wax (John Travolta) are thrown together in a racy, pacy, bloody, whirlwind drama that is a ride full of bullets and wise-cracks. Reese is the regular Joe, a chess ace secretary to the U.S. ambassador in Paris and loves life in the slower lane. In perfect pairing of opposites, Charlie is a whacky, gun-toting, wise-cracking, maniacally dramatic counterpart, loud in person and louder in action. Both are teamed up to crack a drug mafia which leads to a Pakistani terrorist ring which leads to terrorist attacks on the esteemed US delegation to Paris. The drama spirals crazily even as Reese and Wax jump from gang-busting to crazy shoot-outs leaving behind trails of gore and echoes of the unusually loud soundtrack. The plot bursts forth timed in nanoseconds almost as if itself spewing out of Wax’s ‘Mrs Jones’, his favourite weapon he is wedded to and which never lets him down.
On this bloody trail, they find that Reese’s fiancee is a terrorist and is using him as a ruse and means to launch the terrorist attack. In a whirlwind few minutes, which involve Wax toting a bazooka and saving the US leadership and Reese giving the ultimate sacrifice of love for righteousness and patriotism, the film winds down. The spree, racy and breathless comes to an end, having changed lives in a matter of minutes, but not leaving much behind, except a sense of ‘guilty pleasure’, if one can look at it that way.
‘From Paris with Love’ is one of those regular conveyor belt kind of action films, well-done, no doubt, with some impactful action and gore and smart editing. It invests some amount of interest and humanity in the characters which are shades more than what action films are wont to include. The contrast of Wax’s action-man and Reese’s softer-gentler character is interestingly pitted against each other with Travolta’s rugged, husky, patient and patronising disdain of his partner giving a lot of weight to the proceedings. Meyers, similarly, gives his role that much-needed fillip with his gloomy romantic looks and assured presence. Kasia Smutniak, Reese’s terrorist fiancée, makes for a human character with her beautiful looks and melting vulnerability. A no make-up and messy hair look add that humane-ness to her otherwise cardboard character.
Although, far from being memorable, ‘From Paris with love’ never lets you stop and think for a moment and by that virtue becomes a hearty entertainer, for one of those lazy evenings. Which is not bad, given how difficult it is to come by half-entertaining movies these days. A beer would be better than coke for this one though.