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->'''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 Creator/LucBesson and starring Creator/JohnTravolta and Creator/JonathanRhysMeyers.

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 HilarityEnsues.

!!Tropes this film follows:
* AwesomenessByAnalysis
-->'''Wax:''' ''How long do you think it'd take to run down nine flights of stairs?. . .Fifty-four seconds. Five seconds to cross the lobby… and four to get to the car.''
* BadassBeard: Adorns Travolta as Wax. To emphasize the point, comes with...
* BerserkButton: Charlie and the Chinese restaurant not having good egg foo young.
* BilingualBonus: The Chinese restaurant in which [[spoiler: cocaine is stored in the ceiling]] is called "Les Lotus des Neiges'', which means "The Snow Lotus" in French.
* BondOneLiner: "Wax on, Wax off". (Doubles as a ShoutOut to ''Film/TheKarateKid'', written by Creator/LucBesson's writing partner Robert Mark Kamen.)
* BoomHeadshot: The famous dinner scene. It wound up being a [[MemeticMutation meme]].
* TheChessmaster: Reese's [[EstablishingCharacterMoment opening-scene game]] with his boss [[PastimesProvePersonality defines his character]] from the get-go. It's implied that this is the characteristic that lands Reese his big break. [[spoiler:Wax is also a speed chessmaster, boardering on ClockKing.]]
* ConcealmentEqualsCover: Happens repeatedly, but does get subverted once: Wax fires his pistol at a mook who's hiding safely behind a wall. Then he runs out of ammo, grabs an assault rifle and proceeds to shoot the mook through the wall.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** [[spoiler:"Maybe you should ask your girlfriend what she was doing in this part of town."]]
** [[spoiler:"I swear, that girl is gonna get you killed."]]
* GadgetWatches: Wax gets one that can direct a satellite.
* HighHeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Played with, but ultimately averted.]]
* HollywoodSilencer: Wax's silenced guns barely make a click and a whistle when they fire.
* [[ICallItVera I Call It Mrs. Jones]]: Wax's gun, which he smuggles into France in dozens of cans of energy drink and ''sings to''.
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: 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.
* [[SeanConneryIsAboutToShootYou John Travolta Is About to Shoot You]]
* LargeHam: Wax is hammy ''[[UpToEleven even by Travolta's standards.]]''
* LoveRedeems: Averted; [[spoiler:Caroline still reaches for the trigger even after Reese tries to talk her out of it by reaffirming his love for her]].
* MoodWhiplash: ''The dinner scene''. It starts out innocently enough with Wax joining Reese, Caroline and her girlfriend. Then the friend receives "the call (he) was waiting for" and *BAM!*.
* NeverTrustATrailer: The trailer make it seem the movie was a [[BuddyCopShow Buddy Cop]] comedy like ''Film/RushHour''.
* PrettyLittleHeadshots: Mostly averted, but used for style and emotional impact, [[spoiler:at the climax]].
** And to avoid a huge explosion.
* MenAreTheExpendableGender: Averted; Wax has no problem shooting a female terrorist without turning evil. [[spoiler: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.]]
* ScaramangaSpecial: Wax smuggles his pistol "Mrs. Jones" into France via concealing the pieces inside of energy drink cans.
* ShoutOut:
** Wax gets himself a [[Film/PulpFiction royale with cheese.]]
** And [[Film/TheKarateKid1984 "Wax on, Wax off".]]
* TerroristsWithoutACause: We never really get a clear cut answer on why [[spoiler:Reese's fiance]] is plotting to [[spoiler:suicide bomb an African aid summit]] other than [[spoiler: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 [[spoiler:high on cocaine]] to understand it.
* TheTriadsAndTheTongs: Wax and Reese have a run in with the Snakeheads.
* WasItAllALie: [[spoiler: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 SuicideByCop - Caroline must've known she'd get shot if she moved her hand anywhere close to the trigger.
* WhamLine: [[spoiler:'''Wax''': "That's the call we've been waiting for." [[BoomHeadshot *BANG*]]]]
* WokFu: There is a cross between a gunfight and fistfight in a Chinese restaurant.