Saturday, March 13, 2010

FROM PARIS WITH LOVE

John Travolta, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Kasia Smutniak


"Two agents. One City. No Merci."


Cinema 12, SM Megamall


Pierre Morel, the director of "Taken" is back with another action filled movie set in Paris. In this spy genre film, a personal aide to the U.S. Ambassador in France, James Reece (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) gets his first assignment as a CIA operative. He can't believe his good luck until he meets his new partner, Charlie Wax (John Travolta). The special agent is a trigger-happy, wisecracking, loose cannon who's been sent to Paris to stop a terrorist attack.

Together they embark on a wild goose chase through the Parisian underworld where low life criminals/terrorists breed and fester. Shooting spree, high speed car chases, fast paced action sequences are the main fare as the duo race against time to foil the attack. In the process, Reece discovers his sense of purpose through betrayal and deceit and openly questions his capability to make it as a bonafide agent.

Travolta shines in his role as Charlie Wax. It reminds me of his Pulp Fiction role. The days when his portrayal of eccentric and flawed characters fit him to a T. He is an endearing character you love to hate yet at the same time find quite adorable in a repulsive sort of way. His onscreen rapport with Jonathan Rhys Meyers (another good and believable actor) was palpable and they make a good duo despite their contrasting personalities.

The action sequences were somewhat convincing. It is a fast paced and well edited movie. Cinematography is a combination of bleak, morose settings along with crisp background scenery of the city of Lights, Paris. But just like in his previous film "Taken", Morel's Paris is not a romantic place where love blossoms. Instead it essays the underbelly of the criminal world where evil minds are always hatching some terrorist plot to wreak havoc and mayhem.

Thankfully, you can always rely on Travolta, Rhys Meyers and Liam Nesson (the main character in "Taken") to come to your rescue!

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