Saturday, April 7, 2012
From Paris with Love (2010)
The F movie of the month is From Paris with Love starring John Travolta and Jonathan Rhys Meyers.
James Reece (Rhys Meyers) is an aide to the U.S. Ambassador to France and lives with his French girlfriend Caroline. He is, however, a lower-level CIA operative that desires to engage in higher risk missions that carry more responsibility. His dream is fulfilled when he is paired with special agent Charlie Wax (Travolta).
The movie is a generally fast-paced movie and doesn't have too much charm at the beginning of it. Reece's life is portrayed through most of the beginning leaving you exposed to how restless he is to find some action. The introduction of Charlie gives Reece just that and as he finds out how crazy the action gets, he also discovers the very odd and quirky attitude that Charlie brings along with him.
When I see Travolta in an action flick, he is usually the bad guy so this was a little bit of fresh air. He mixed his comedic acting that he has done in the past few years with the aggressive tendencies of his villains, which I believe he pulls off very well. I found myself laughing here and there at his jokes which was another breeze of freshness because, unlike most action movies, this one at lest had comedy as one of its elements even though it isn't billed as such. The tense moments were lightened up by Charlie's off the wall comments and crazy smile.
Reece's character was really good. The movie showed him at his early stage of being a CIA operative which is added to the list of a little extra bit of newness. He desired to become more involved while being terrified to do so.
The acting of both characters were good and gave you a perfect sense of what they were like. The plot was generic but did have its own added freshness. I'd probably watch this movie again but it isn't much more than a leisurely watch that you can multi-task too.
Later tonight, Ghost in the Shell will uploaded for your reading (and hopefully followed by watching) pleasure.