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Film ● Mini-Review: From Paris with Love

Title: From Paris with Love

Director(s): Pierre Morel

Screenwriter(s): Adi Hasak (with story by Luc Besson)

Released: 2010

Runtime: 1h 32m

From Paris with Love

● James Reese (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) is an American diplomatic aide working in Paris. He is a low-level CIA operative, mostly running errands, and aspires to be more. One day, he is paired up with CIA field agent Charlie Wax (John Travolta) who is after terrorists.

● Given that Wax is the experienced agent, he takes the lead but he doesn’t exactly act alone. The film is somewhat like a mentor-rookie and buddy cop film. There is no shortage of ridiculous action. Unfortunately, it’s merely stylized to make Travolta look good. And it’s not even done particularly well.

● The one good thing that sets it apart is that with Travolta playing the lead role, there is humor but it’s not enough to make up for its weaknesses.

This mini-review is part of the collection for Taken clones and derivatives.


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