July 15, 2010 by DJ Elroy
Netflix surprised me this weekend with Pierre Morel’s “From Paris with Love“. I somehow missed hearing anything about this; was it even in theaters? The movie isn’t meant to be taken seriously — I hope — and that makes all the difference in viewer perception. It’s an over-the-top action/twisted thriller (emphasis on ‘over-the-top’) and “corny but entertaining” is probably the most accurate way to describe it. Nobody will win any awards for this one, but still…
It’s a formula that’s been done before: Straight-laced rookie (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) is partnered up with the “no rules, just results” jaded professional (John Travolta). Book-smarts meets Street-smarts.
Travolta’s eccentric character is what makes this movie. He’s got all the good one-liners and is the center of all the good action scenes. And although it took some getting used to, his bald-head really fit his personality, it didn’t look too bad either.
Suspend belief, don’t expect too much, and strap yourself in for 90 minutes of well-choreographed violence. It’s a Guy Movie all the way, with plenty of guns, explosions, and fantastical mayhem. Fans of the genre will want to pick this up; a rental will be enough for the rest of us.