From Paris with Love will “assassinate” it's way into your heart with it's charming lead actors and clever writing.
Tex Shooter (John Travolta) is the best assassin in the entire world. He's so good at what he does, he gets bored assassinating people the old fashioned way, so he gets creative, killing one ambassador with a sharpened fruit, and another a witty anecdote that is so funny that the ambassador dies from laughter.
Alex Ignachuck (James Earl Jones [uncredited]), president of the Society of Assassins, resents Shooter for his unorthodox assassination techniques. To teach Shooter a lesson, he teams him up with newbie James Reece (Jonathan Rhys Meyers).
“Shooter don't need no partner. Shooter works alone,” says Shooter.
“Work with this guy, or I'll have your badge. Your assassins badge, that is. It's like a police badge, but for assassins, and you're not allowed to assassinate people without it,” explains Ignachuck.
“Yeah, I know what it is,” says Shooter. “I have been working here for seventeen years, after all. Ever since my wife died.”
“Give it up Shooter. You'll never find out who assassinated your wife,” says Ignachuck.
“Why did you just say she was assassinated? She died in a car accident.”
“That was just a mistake. I meant to say car accident, of course.”
Shooter meets with his partner, and they go to Paris. His partner is book-smart, but Shooter shows him that sometimes you don't win if you play life by the rules. And James shows Shooter that sometimes it's better to play by the rules.
Together they complete their mission: assassinating everyone in Paris. In the process, Shooter discovers that his wife was actually assassinated, and the culprit was none other than Ignachuck! Shooter seeks his revenge, which concludes with a battle-to-the-death with rakes and garden hoses that can only be described as “majestic.”
“Ironic that I'm assassinating you, isn't it Ignachuck?” says Shooter.
“Uhhhhrrkk!” says Ignachuck.
“Say hi to my dead wife for me!”
4 out of 5 stars.