Film #327: FROM PARIS WITH LOVE
From Paris With Love
3 out of 5 stars
From the mind of Luc Besson comes this predictable and clichéd actioner. Travolta chews scenery while Jonathan Rhys Myers walks around looking confused as to why he got cast. The action is ok, but it gets marred by too much “shakey-cam”-style cinematography. The plot moves along at a good clip, but the audience is never really surprised by how things turn out. Ideas get brought up and then summarily forgotten on a far too routine basis. Now, this is all not to say the film is bad. It’s not. In fact, there are some very cool sequences amidst the tedium and trite dialog. It’s just that director, Pierre Morel (DISTRICT 13, TAKEN) seems to have gotten all of his ideas from the book ACTION MOVIES FOR DUMMIES. Is it worth seeing? Sure. Again, I know you’ve seen worse. But given all the talent involved (Travolta, Besson, etc), I just expected something better.