Morel, working from a story by the film’s producer, Luc Besson, treats the proceedings like a bullet-riddled Looney Tunes adventure. The fate of a faux Ming vase filled with cocaine makes for a brilliantly delayed punchline. And during one ultra-violent shootout, bodies drop down a stairwell like Acme anvils.
Yet there’s also an uneasy seriousness to the carnage, typified by an extended image of Reece frantically wiping an antagonist’s blood off his face. It’s one confused moment of many, an aside captured with a conviction that eschews have-it-both-ways cynicism. The climax, too, where Reece squares off with a female suicide bomber, successfully melds the film’s sanguine and sincere impulses. It’s here that Besson’s influence is most deeply felt: only in the world of this Gallic populist could a well-placed bullet come off as a romantic gesture.
From Paris With Love
|Genre:||Action, Crime, Thriller|
|Stars:||John Travolta, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Kasia Smutniak, Amber Rose Revah, Melissa Mars, Richard Durden, Farid Elouardi|