Posted by: Dr P | March 7, 2010

From Paris With Love

Well, this is a corker of a movie, made almost entirely by the genius performance of John Travolta. It was over 30 years ago that JT made his name for his cool dancing and attitude in Saturday Night Fever and Grease, and it took almost two decades before he recaptured his mojo in the wonderful Pulp Fiction. Yet his Charlie Wax character in From Paris With Love is right up there with the coolest of them all – a no-nonsense cop who shoots first and asks questions about a week later.

When rumours of a possible terrorist threat to a visiting US delegate appear, Wax is despatched to Paris to team up with American Embassy aide James (Jonathan Rhys Meyers). The latter is the assistant to the US ambassador and has recently started to work in the espionage field. Moreover he’s just got engaged to the super-hot Caroline (Kasia Smutniak, and yes she really puts the smut in Smutniak), so things are on the up for the young man.

Of course, as soon as Wax arrives in Paris, he engages in a massive campaign of violence against drug pushers, Chinese rebels, lowlife scum and basically anyone who gets in his crosshairs. He is a one man destruction machine, with one liners as killer as his guns. As the trail of intrigue starts to point to a source close to the embassy itself, James is also forced to make some pretty tough decisions, before we build to the turbulent, all-action finale.

Travolta owns the screen here. Every expression, move and quip ooze cool – it’s a stunningly good performance and you look away at your peril. Big G and I were almost punching the air at times, such is the hilarity on show. The bad guys don’t stand a chance. There’s even a Pulp Fiction reference thrown in for good measure (you won’t miss it), whilst JT’s corking use of the Karate Kid’s “wax on, wax off” made me giggle too.

Meyers is also pretty good in his role as the initially hapless, but eventually composed, embassy aide, while Smutniak absolutely smoulders in her sexy, sassy role.

If you’ve ever wanted to see someone driving down the French highways at top speed while wielding a rocket launcher, this is the movie for you! “Get me to the bridge!!!” High recommended as a cop thriller, even more highly recommended if you like Travolta. Enjoy!

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