French director Pierre Morel comes back with From Paris With Love his third movie after having helmed District 13 and Taken. Morel who specializes in fast-paced, heart-stopping action sequences and From Paris With Love is no different. He turns drama stars into stealthy, deadly spies and gives up glimpsed of Bong movies. Pierre Morel who started his career as a cinematographer shows his skills with the shots.
In a space of two weeks we have seen seasoned stars like Harrison Ford and Mel Gibson coming back on the screen and John Travolta storms back into the scene as a special agent sporting a shaved head, goatee and earring. Travolta plays a violent but chatty CIA agent who, while bullets fly, likes to engage in dialogue. There is a lot of Pulp Fiction in his character.
A personal aide to the U.S. Ambassador in France, James Reese (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) has an enviable life in Paris and a beautiful French girlfriend, but his real passion is his side job as a low-level operative for the CIA. All James wants is to become a bona fide agent and see some real action. So when he's offered his first senior-level assignment, he can't believe his good luck - until he meets his new partner, special agent Charlie Wax (John Travolta).
A trigger-happy, wisecracking, loose cannon who's been sent to Paris to stop a terrorist attack, Wax leads James on a white-knuckle shooting spree through the Parisian underworld that has James praying for his desk job. But when James discovers he's a target of the same crime ring they're trying to bust, he realizes there's no turning back...and that Wax himself might be his only hope for making it through the next forty-eight hours alive.
John Travolta stands out in the movie but fails to carry it alone on his shoulder. The reason From Paris With Love fails it it tries to copy James Bond and makes a mockery of itself. It looks more of a montage of spy scenes than a spy movie. The sad part of the movie is that it had a reasonable story it could have been an interesting film had the director and the writers worked on the screenplay. Morel gets carried over with violence which is so pervasive it becomes the weakest link in the entire movie