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DVD Frenzy - Movie 2: From Paris with Love (2010)

Two agents. One city. No merci.

This movie, From Paris with Love (2010) reminds me of Jackie Chan & Chris Tucker's Rush Hour (1998). Well, the storyline for both movies are different but there are certain elements that are pretty similar - two guys, one mission, killing bad guys, going international.

The difference is that Rush Hour is an action comedy whereas From Paris with Love is a more serious action movie spiked with cheesy, foul-words-ridden liners.

Okay, here's the synopsis: James Reese (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) works as a personal aide to the U.S. Ambassador in France. He lives a rather comfortable life in Paris with his French girlfriend. At the same time, Reese is also working as as a low-level operative for the CIA. One day, he is offered the chance to become a bona fide agent and is paired up with his partner, special agent Charlie Wax (John Travolta) on a mission. That's when he gets to see real action.

Well, it's not a lousy movie. Packed with action, almost every scene -- gun-shooting, car-bombing, highway high-speed car-chasing -- will keep your pulse filled with adrenaline. You know, the usual stuff you'll get from watching any action movie out there. :)

The chemistry between John Travolta and Jonathan Rhys Meyers as working partners is really good. Their conversation liners are casual, natural, and punctuated with emotion from time to time regardless of life-threatening or peaceful situations.

However, I'm quite uncomfortable with the conventional mindset of portraying the Chinese as cocaine dealers who are hiding behind the facade of operating a restaurant; and also the Pakistanis as the mastermind behind terrorism and the act of nurturing suicide bombers. Come on! That's mean.

Nevertheless, I like this movie's ending. Sad, yet it's this kind of twist-ending that puts a good ending to a rather loud and fast-paced movie.

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