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 firs...more
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). less
Its uncanny how Hollywood churns out hardcore masala action movies time and again. This flick is no different. A terrorism plot angle is added to the movie to give it some direction. Add to that a mad yet effective detective who cracks crazy jokes and is a pure bad ass American and you have the perfect recipe.
James Reese (Jonathan Meyers) is a CIA agent who works as a personal aide to the US ambassador in Paris to keep his cover. He falls in love with a french girl by the name of Caroline (Kasia Smutniak). After proving his worth to his bosses James gets promoted and gets to work as a partner to the eccentric Wax (John Trovolta). Their working styles turn out to be totally at the opposite ends of the spectrum. Wax kills bad goons left right and center and James disagrees with this method to quite some extent but cant help but accept that its effective. When a major suspense is revealed James' life goes topsy turvy.
The movie does not flow smoothly and certain scenes just jump from one point A to point B with the characters behaving as though they have totally forgotten what just happened in the previous scene. For instance in one scene James is so upset that he killed a guy but within minutes in another scene he seems to be all happy. It works for Wax (John Trovolta's character) since he is shown to be eccentric but fails for the emotional James.
Acting wise Jonathan Meyers fails to emote in important scenes. He does not seem connected to his character. On the other hand John Trovolta brings spice to his character. He hams at times but its Trovolta that makes this film watchable. Kasia Smutniak looks beautiful but does not get enough scope to show her acting mettle.
Director Pierre Morel disappoints. The final product feels as though each individual scene was shot in different months of the year. The continuity suffers. Ample action is stuffed into the movie with Trovolta killing random people and getting away with it like he had just plucked a fruit from a tree instead.
Overall the movie is not worth spending big bucks in the movie theater. Rent a DVD or watch it on satellite television.
Got Nothing else to do? Go Watch it. Other options? Go for them instead. Skip this movie. Hate mindless action movies? Not cut for you. AVOID.