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Paris is a very ordinary corrupt-cops-in-the-underworld movie, just laden
cliches, and its struggle to rise above them isn't very successful.
much originality in either the script or direction; from the cop who
sixties-vintage car to the address he wants written down on a barroom
matchbook, we've seen all of it before.
The movie looks good, and some of the performances are strong. Chad Allen
does show some chops, and an ability to hold the camera's attention, even if his range here is limited. Some of the blame for that has to lie with the script and the unconvincing situations it puts him in. And maybe he's better off not trying to play a character's depth when there is none given him to play. Bai Ling also
acquits herself credibly and as someone else noted here, there is some screen chemistry between the two stars.
But after all that, I'm still left with one question; how does a guy get shot in the back, from the side?
Paris is an impressive combination of a unique, socially-minded, film-noir
plot, beautiful visual motifs, and further exploration of what DV
can look like.
Bai Ling is captivating in every scene she's in, and Chad Allen is perfectly suited for the role of the young, struggling cop. We really come to care about both of their conflicted characters.
Throughout the film the repetitive use of mirrors is just one of several visual elements that serve to make Paris artistically moving, and this, in combination with a twisiting plot that takes us between the seedier parts of Los Angeles and Los Vegas, makes this a film you can't stop once you've started.
A demonstration of how good a performer can be, even when the movie is ineptly directed and photographed. Bai Ling stands out for her emotional range and beauty, despite the fact that the camera here doesn't fails to take best advantage of her. The plot is the routine corrupt cops story, full of plot holes, not making much sense, with a couple thrown together and finding tragic love. The film's style constantly distracts and annoys with repetitive canted angles and a failure to take advantage of scenic possibilities, especially in the desert. The seams show so badly that it is barely above the standard of a student film. Bai Ling deserves so much better, yet withal still worth seeing just for her sake as a lesson in the art of acting.
The director, Ramin Niami captures a bold vision in this story of good-cops-gone-astray trying desperately to redeem themselves. The tension of the quest is palpable throughout the film. Bai Ling is beautifully tragic in her performance of a trapped Chinese forced into sex-slavery by the cruel circumstances of her no-choices life. Chad Allen and James Russo are convincing as the cop duo whose partnership and trust disintegrates with the unfolding of events. The entertainment value and glimpse into the realities of the sex slave trade make Paris very worth seeing. Tastefully done, what is thankfully missing from Paris is blatant useless gratuitous sex and violence. Yet, the tragic and lovely romance between Jason (Chad Allen) and Linda (Bai Ling) develops elegantly amidst the desert panorama of Paris' setting. All of this makes the suspense of Paris also very romantic.
Paris is a beautiful contemporary film noir.
The photography is excellent and shows how great DV can look. The film offers an impressive combination of unique visual motifs with an intriguing plot. The romantic story is highlighted by Bai Ling's captivating acting. Her beauty stands out and she shows a wide emotional range. Considering she is still at the beginning of a great career!
Also, Karen Black adds some extra sparks to the story.
Overall, the filmmakers created a wonderful enjoyable film, I would highly recommend it!
Paris is a crime cop genre film that has some great elements of romance.
The intimacy between Jason and Linda is well delivered by Bai Ling and Chad Allen. I felt an actual spark of love between the two characters. Bai Ling is gorgeous and the photography looks excellent. This is a film that looks great having been shot on DV. There are gorgeous shots of the California/Nevada desert. The seedy parts of LA and Las Vegas could be a bit seedier.
James Russo does a great job of playing the creepy bad cop.
Karen Black adds an interesting texture to the already colorful film.
Overall I say Paris is worth watching and would recommend it to those intersted in watching a decent film shot on DV. The love story is the highlight and Bai Ling just looks great.
Paris is an intriguing take on what film noir looks like with contemporary production technology and a contemporary storyline. In the process, the film presents the important and neglected problem of forced Asian prostitution. The acting is very good.including Karen Black! I recommend it.
The love story between Bai Ling and Chad Allen is powerful and I
thought very tender. The two have very potent on-screen chemistry that
heightens their plight as star-crossed lovers on the run.
The movie has some great locations in Las Vegas and then out in the desert, and some fun cameos (remember Karen Black? Oh, and RON JEREMY! :)
BTW. Chad Allen is HOTTT. he's the reason I decided to watch this film, but I wasn't expecting to enjoy the romance of the two main characters nearly so much, and now I want to go and watch all of Bai Ling's other films!
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Paris is a psychological/noir film that stars Chad Allen, Bai Ling and
James Russo.It was directed by Ramin Niami and written by Niami and
Steven Beschloss as well.
The plot of the movie is about a young and rookie detective Jason Bartok that tries to escape his past in the company of his dead partner's girlfriend,who in turn wants to escape the seedy underworld of Los Angeles and Las Vegas. It follows his disturbing journey through the shadowy underworld of Los Angeles and Las Vegas, illuminated only by a sweet but short-lived romance with a strikingly beautiful, enigmatic woman. As the tale unfolds, he accidentally shoots his corrupt partner, Leon, grabbing stolen money from the crime scene at the older policeman's urging. The guilt-ridden young man quickly takes to the road to track down Leon's lover, Linda/Shen Li, an illegal Chinese immigrant, to deliver the bag of cash to her. Jason's search takes in seedy motels and rough bars, an L.A. massage parlor and a Nevada ranch, until finally in a dingy Vegas dive, he discovers the irresistible Linda, a sparkling jewel ensnared by the sex trade. Stalked by thugs, the money's "rightful owners", Jason and Linda are thrust together to make their escape through the haunting landscape that is the California desert. As Linda's "American Dream" continues to crumble and Jason struggles with numbing guilt, passion takes over these star-crossed lovers desperate for a fresh start. As maybe only beautiful young lovers can,they envision life beyond their differing values, allegiances, and doom itself.
Paris is an a good psychological film.Chad Allen and Bai Ling did have a good performance as the lead stars of the film.Although the movie remains average,it still worth one's time to discover about how prostitution that involves Asians and a rookie detective that are involved in investigation about sex trade.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Not having a clue as what to expect, and the prospect of nothing better
to watch, we decided to tune in this crime film that showed a good
promise as it starts, but it clearly went downhill as the hero, Jason
Bartok, (any relation to Bela Bartok, the great composer, is purely
coincidental) gets involved in a love affair with the exotic Linda.
Director Ramin Niami who wrote the material with Steve Beschloss, probably had a better picture in his mind than what really comes out in the finished product. The movie has a lot of elements that have been better done in other films of this genre. There are situations that require a stretch of the imagination.
The best thing in the film is Lin Bai, a beautiful presence in any film. Karen Black is asked to play the madam of a shady joint, camping all the way to the top. Chad Allen's Bartok probably required a different tone.
Oh, and by the way, Bartok and Linda gets close to Paris at the conclusion of the story!
What worked best in the film is the phenomenal cinematography by Jack Cochram who captures some great scenery one does not get to see often in Hollywood movies. Also the music score by John Cale contributes to create the atmosphere of the story.
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