Wax: Nice work, Reese.
Reese: (covered in blood) What's so nice about it?
Wax: How 'bout he's dead and you're not?
2010 action film produced and co-written by Luc Besson
and starring John Travolta
and Jonathan Rhys Meyers
James Reese (Meyers) is the personal aide to U.S. Ambassador in France. Unbeknownst to either the Ambassador or his beautiful French girlfriend Reese is leading a double life as a low level CIA operative. He juggles his responsibilities until he is ordered to team up with brash, trigger-happy, loose cannon Charlie Wax (Travolta).
Very violent Hilarity Ensues
Tropes this film follows:
- I Call It Mrs. Jones: Wax's gun, which he smuggles into France in dozens of cans of energy drink and sings to.
- Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: The only reason Wax manages to stay alive.
- Jerkass: The red-haired ambassador, who despite being told of a possible assassination attempt, and actually seeing a suicide bomber's car explode in front of her, is unable to understand the concept of "security breach" and blames the entire affair on Reese.
- John Travolta Is About To Shoot You
- Large Ham: Wax is hammy even by Travolta's standards.
- Never Trust a Trailer: The trailer make it seem the movie was a Buddy Cop comedy like Rush Hour.
- Pretty Little Headshots: Mostly averted, but used for style and emotional impact, at the climax.
- And to avoid a huge explosion.
- Men Are the Expendable Gender: Averted; Wax has no problem shooting a female terrorist without turning evil. When Reese shoots Caroline at the end he isn't demonised either - it's sad he had to do it but the film is clear he had no choice.
- The Mole: Caroline.
- Shout-Out: Wax gets himself a royale with cheese.
- Surprise Check Mate
- Terrorists Without a Cause: We never really get a clear cut answer on why Reese's fiance is plotting to suicide bomb an African aid summit other than saying she was looking for a purpose and a man she met six years ago explained things to her. Arguably parodied because Wax explains a bit during the early part of the film, but Reese (and, since we're viewing the scene through his eyes, the audience) is too high on cocaine to understand it.
- The Triads and the Tongs: Wax and Reese have a run in with the Snakeheads.
- Ungrateful Bitch
- Was It All a Lie?: Caroline says it wasn't, even if her feelings aren't enough to stop her trying to push the trigger on her bomb. Possibly— as we see a few seconds later when Wax disconnects it, the cord to deactivate the bomb was right above the trigger. It's never made clear which she was reaching for- the trigger, or the cord. Which would turn it into Suicide by Cop - Caroline must've known she'd get shot if she moved her hand anywhere close to the trigger.
- Wham Line: Wax: "That's the call we've been waiting for." *BANG*
- Wok Fu: There is a cross between a gunfight and a fistfight in a Chinese restaurant.