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From Paris with LoveFrom Paris With Love is a ''fun trash'' movie that's more trash than fun. Its key attraction is seeing John Travolta cackle and badass...From Paris with LovePT95MRFrom Paris With Love is a ''fun trash'' movie that's more trash than fun. Its key attraction is seeing John Travolta cackle and badass...2010-02-06Lions Gate Films
HE'S LEFT HOLDING THE BAGS John Travolta, Melissa Mars, and Jonathan Rhys Meyers are dressed for action in From Paris with Love

HE'S LEFT HOLDING THE BAGS John Travolta, Melissa Mars, and Jonathan Rhys Meyers are dressed for action in From Paris with Love (Rico Torres)

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From Paris with Love

Starring: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, John Travolta; Director: Pierre Morel; Author: Adi Hasak; Release Date Wide: 02/05/2010; Runtime (in minutes): 95; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: Lions Gate Films

From Paris With Love is a ”fun trash” movie that’s more trash than fun. Its key attraction is seeing John Travolta cackle and badass his way through the role of Charlie Wax, a rogue American spy with a shaved head, a matching goatee and beetle brows, a passion for saying ”motherf—er,” and a tendency to blow away suspects first and not bother to ask questions later. Travolta lets it rip, the way he did in Face/Off (1997); he might almost be playing a psychotic gypsy hitman. The actor, who keeps slipping into dated, look-how-cool-I-am urban street dialect, looks happier here as a freak enforcer than he did as a freak villain in The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3. All in all, he seems to be having a far jollier time than the audience.

The movie has been fashioned in a crudely hurtling style that barely pretends to make sense. On the trail of a terrorist, Wax and his partner, an American ambassador’s assistant (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), tote around a vase of cocaine (why? Because it seems like a nutty-hip thing to do), and the director, Pierre Morel (Taken), tosses scenes together as though he were making a bouillabaisse. The movie has a preposterously multiplying body count, yet Morel is a brutally unclever action filmmaker: When Travolta shoulders a bazooka and leans out the window of a speeding car, we can tell each time the film cuts to a stuntman shot. From Paris With Love is so nonchalant about violence, and everything else, it’s downright slovenly. C

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