Travolta's Wax On
James Reese (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) works as the assistant to Ambassador Bennington (Richard Durden) in Paris, France where he is also dating the attractive Caroline (Kasia Smutniak). But James also has a secret side to his life as he does odd jobs for the CIA from planting bugs to changing licence plates. Having wanted to do more he is asked to partner up with agent Charlie Wax (John Travolta), an unorthodox agent who certainly isn't undercover with his in your face techniques. As James works with Charlie and the body count starts piling up James will find himself questioning what he knows.
In the Movie Scene's dictionary you will find listed under the phrase "Over the top" various examples and "From Paris with Love" is near the top of them. Here is a movie which to be frank is all about John Travolta playing it as over the top he can as an in your face operative and the over the top nature of the action which comes from him. Yes that does make it an incredibly silly movie but also enjoyable when you have him firing rocket launchers at cars, jumping out of windows as well as shooting anything whether it moves or not.
The thing is that whilst that may not sound that good "From Paris with Love" ends up a lot more entertaining than it should be. And it is because John Travolta embraces the over the top, jive talking nature of Charlie Wax, almost sending himself up when it comes to some of the Travolta trade mark moves. Yes Jonathan Rhys Meyers is solid as James Reese whilst Kasia Smutniak is beautiful but without Travolta delivering large in every single scene and getting it spot on this movie would have bombed.
What this all boils down to is that "From Paris with Love" is an incredibly silly an over the top action movie but one which is a lot of fun because of John Travolta delivering an entertainingly large movie.