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. Reese wants to become a higher level agent with more responsibilities. As the result of a shortage of agents in France, he is assigned as a partner to secret agent Charlie Wax (John Travolta). Charlie is large on life, bald, bearded, foul-mouthed and eccentric. Charlie takes James immediately on a wild ride of murder and mayhem, through ethnic enclaves and terrorists. As bodies pile up, the purpose remains opaque to James…

To be honest I have avoided “From Paris with Love” since it came out, due to three reasons. Travolta, Meyers and Besson. Three people I find it hard to cope with these days. But, lo and behold this is not that terrible despite the fact it´s a formula A action flick with the mark of Besson (still an enigma….). It´s bangs for your bucks, both Meyers and Travota manages to be ok (yes, Travolta is still doing his roles in a terrible overdrive state…) here despite the storyline being nothing new under the sun and the storytelling lacking of both this and that. Yes, the “bad ass”, witty and fast paced dialogue with oneliners feels tiring, but I reckon you just let is pass. This is not trying to be something else than an action comedy with some sort of current political agenda. Nothing more, nothing less. (3 out of 5)

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