Jul 30, 2010

From Paris With Love Review

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Premise:
James Reese is a nerdy assistant to the US Ambassador in France, but is also an undercover pacifist CIA agent gathering intel. LOOK OUT! ZANY TWIST~! Reese gets paired with a hard as nails, sociopathic killing machine named Charlie Wax. Wax has so much more idea about what the actual mission is that Reese is constantly getting made a fool of. But then again, so is the viewer.


Standouts:
While the acting was all pretty great and I liked the look of each character, there was a lot to be desired. The main villains were completely two-dimensional, though one did show a brief glimpse of distinguishable personality. Basically the whole movie is a 92 minute brain-dead killing spree.


My Highlights:
Royale with cheese and beating up street-urchins in hand-to-hand combat.


Overall Rating:
Though the movie had some great action scenes, they weren't distinguishable enough from other action films that they're all that redeeming. Also, I'd of settled for a higher quantity of action scenes to make up for the lack of quality in the scenes, but still, bit of a letdown. Outside of the odd-couple main characters, nobody was given anything to do in this film other than get killed, so I give this 2 *'s out of 5, or 4 *'s out of 10.


When You Should See It:
Eh ... just don't. Seriously, if it comes on, just save yourself the mental anguish. At best, don't watch more than a half an hour of this crap, because everything you'd of thought you'd learned will just be flipped on its head. And I don't mean that in a cool, artsy, thought-provoking way.

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