Film / From Paris with Love

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:

  • Awesomeness by Analysis
    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.
  • Badass Beard: Adorns Travolta as Wax. To emphasize the point, comes with...
  • Berserk Button: Charlie and the Chinese restaurant not having good egg foo young.
  • Bilingual Bonus: The Chinese restaurant in which cocaine is stored in the ceiling is called "Les Lotus des Neiges'', which means "The Snow Lotus" in French.
  • Concealment Equals Cover: 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:
    • "Maybe you should ask your girlfriend what she was doing in this part of town."
    • "I swear, that girl is gonna get you killed."
  • Gadget Watches: Wax gets one that can direct a satellite.
  • 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.
  • 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.