I’m torn on this one, people. While I’m a huge fan of Pierre Morel’s cinematic output, I’m not exactly what you’d call the biggest John Travolta supporter on the planet. In my humble opinion, the guy’s strictly hit-or-miss, with very little gray area in-between. That being said, the trailer for Morel’s upcoming actioner “From Paris with Love” looks moderately intriguing, though I’m still a little apprehensive about the whole thing. Watching Travolta play a tough guy in 2009’s “The Taking of Pelham 123” was different, to say the very least, but I don’t feel he really has what it takes to make these roles 100% believable. Maybe this particular action-packed outing will prove me wrong. Maybe Travolta will knock it right out of the proverbial park. Then again, we might have another “Broken Arrow” on our hands. Yikes.
Here’s a nifty synopsis to bring you up to speed:
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.
“From Paris with Love” delivers the good in Stateside theaters on February 5th. Enjoy the aforementioned trailers below.