James Reece is an ambitious aide to the U.S. Ambassador in Paris, doing little jobs for the CIA and hoping to get into black ops. On the night he and his girlfriend, Caroline, become engaged, he's told to pick up Charlie Wax at Orly. Charlie is an unorthodox government employee - large, bald and bearded, foul-mouthed and eccentric. Charlie immediately takes James on a wild ride of murder and mayhem, through ethnic enclaves. As bodies pile up, the purpose remains opaque to James. Caroline, unhappy that James has been out of touch for a day, tells him to bring Charlie for dinner. Charlie can be charming - where will it lead? Does the chess-playing James have what it takes?Written by
This is a spy genre film and it is interesting to note that the title of the earlier film To Paris with Love (1955) is said to have been the inspiration for James Bond creator Ian Fleming for the title of his 1957 James Bond spy novel, "From Russia With Love" which was later made into the film From Russia with Love (1963). See more »
When Charlie uses his watch to send coordinates to the satellite, the satellite zooms in on a location northwest of Paris. The coordinates Charlie sends (48.79, 2.337) are actually south of the city, near Orly Airport. See more »
Thank you, Cindy.
African Aid Summit prep meeting with the Foreign Minister tomorrow at noon, Summit Conference on Wednesday, G8 Undersecretary conference dinner on Thursday, and a reception for the Secretary of State Friday, sir.
Can't you see we have more urgent matters to consider, Reece?
[moves his queen]
Of course, sir.
[counter moves his queen]
Must you always be so methodical?
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Morel and Besson have carried out a nice collaboration and the result is a good action thriller where twists and swings begin soon, giving place to multiple unexpected and funny moments. Again, Travolta shows his indisputable talent, outperforming his co-star Myers - who was probably included to attract younger (female) audience; the script could have been amended for Travolta + some of his contemporaries, for example. Smutniak is sexy and good, but nothing special, just another Bond-type girl.
Shootings and chases are fast, excellently accomplished, and the movie is rather short than lengthy - one could have even prolong the almost final episode at the Embassy.
Recommended if you desire a fast action when eyes must be always focused on the screen.
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