From Paris With Love
From Paris With Love – Movie Review
In Paris, a young employee in the office of the US Ambassador hooks up with an American spy looking to stop a terrorist attack in the city.
From Paris with Love stars John Travolta and Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, and I suppose there’s a plot here somewhere. Mostly, it’s John Travolta shooting people. The cast list tells you everything about the movie. There are four people listed in the cast but probably 100 others just there. The point is, other than the four, they’re all cannon fodder. It makes no difference. They are truly nameless, faceless ciphers. This is a story, I think — I’m not sure — of Jonathan playing an embassy assistant, an aid to the ambassador in Paris, who is charming and adorable, and John Travolta plays a CIA agent named Charlie Wax. And Jonathan really is, I suppose, in the CIA, but low-level and is changing license plates and longs for adventure. And so they tell him to go get Charlie Wax out of customs. Charlie Wax drops the F-bomb with regularity, has guns, and I suppose the idea is that Charlie is going to teach Jonathon how to really live, but all he shows him is how to shoot people with impunity. I mean, this is the stupidest movie you have ever seen — it just makes no sense whatsoever. I don’t want to spoil any surprise if you’re silly enough to go spend $10.50 on this movie. But the basic idea being offered here is trust no one and shoot lots of people. There’s probably some other point of this. Watch things go boom, and swearing is a good thing. I have no idea what this movie is about, except we get to see John Travolta with a really bald head and Jonathan with really fake false teeth. These are the worst facades you’ve ever seen — he looks like he swallowed Chiclets. This will give you an idea of the movie: that Charlie Wax is described as a trigger-happy, wise-cracking, loose cannon. Oh wow and hilarity and bloodshed ensue. I don’t even want to give it one star, because I’m afraid you’ll go see it. Zero stars. Oh, I will tell one one other thing: a friend of mine who’s very intellectual and hates all movies said he kind of liked it because he thought it was a metaphor for how stupid people were about terrorism. How was just shoot up people indiscriminately who we don’t trust. Trust me, it was not. It makes no sense. Zero stars.