By Shamal Asnani, Courier Film Critic
Anyone who is looking to watch a movie that will take them through a rollercoaster of action and violence should definitely check out From Paris with Love, starring John Travolta, and Jonathan Rhys Meyers. The movie was released February 5, 2010, and follows James Reece (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), who is a personal assistant to the U.S. ambassador of France. Although that is his primary job, he takes great pride in his side job as a low level operative for the CIA. Because he is a low level operative, he strives to receive a higher position in the CIA, and immediately jumps at the opportunity when he is offered his first high leveled assignment, however, he is caught off guard when he learns his partner is Charlie Wax (John Travolta), a rebellious, loudmouth, unorthodox, and extremely violent operative. To make matters even worse for Reece, he discovers that Wax and he are working to prevent a terrorist attack from occurring, and that he himself is also a target of the crime.
From Paris with Love is one of the rare cases of a movie that lacks a strong focus on its plot, yet is still highly enjoyable. Jonathan Rhys Meyers and John Travolta were definitely a good pair to watch on screen. The viewers can easily relate to Meyers character, as someone who is striving to get to a better and more important position. John Travolta’s character is also enjoyable to watch, due to him being presented as a no-nonsense and rebellious man.
Although the main cast of the movie seemed like a perfect fit, the best aspect of the film was without a doubt, the action. There is not a single moment in any of the action scenes that fail to keep the audience from being amazed. From Paris with Love might not be a movie that leaves its audience feeling more educated, however, it definitely provides some of the best action to be seen in a movie of its genre.