Volume 47, Number 12 - February 16, 2010

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Shelby Contreras
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From Paris With Love, just another cop flick

By Shelby Contreras

Pierre Morel, the director of Taken has filmed another action-packed thriller that will keep you laughing and guessing until the very end.

Personal aide to the U.S. Ambassador in France and low-level CIA operative, James Reece (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), lives a charmed life with his gorgeous Parisian girlfriend but has grown bored of petty missions and longs to fulfill his dreams of becoming a full-fledged special agent. Which is why he can’t pass up the opportunity to go on his first senior-level assignment—until he meets his partner, special agent Charlie Wax (John Travolta).

Wax is a trigger-happy special ops agent with a wise-guy attitude who has been sent to Paris to prevent a terrorist attack. He leads Reece along a dangerous gun-slinging chase through the criminal underworld of Paris that leaves Reece questioning if he has the stomach for this career. Once he finds out that he is in the center of the crime operation that they are trying to bust, he realizes that the only way to stay alive long enough to stop the attack is to put his trust in Wax.

The relationship between Reece and Wax adds a comedic element to the film that sets it apart from the typical cliché action movie. Throughout the movie Wax slowly breaks Reece out of his shell and shows him what it takes to be a special agent.

The shameless Charlie Wax is one of Travolta’s most captivating and comical roles to date. He and Meyers share a great chemistry together on-screen.

Wax’s bold and unfiltered personality and sense of humor are perfectly complimented by Reece’s conservative persona. From start to finish I could not stop laughing at the character known as Charlie Wax.

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