Monday, June 11, 2012
3 Short Paragraphs: From Paris with Love
2010, Pierre Morel (Banlieue 13, Taken) -- download
Meyers' Reece is dragged along behind Wax's crusade, first by shooting just about everyone in a chinese restaurant, bus boys included. He gets to comically carry a vase full of cocaine around so Wax can get a snuff here and there. Then they follow the drugs to Pakistani importers who... well, of course they are, using the drug running to fund terrorism. You can tell Luc Besson, writer of the story here, sees the loud American (in general) as at least being effective if not delicate in his handling. Wax is completely over the top but he is also very very capable at what he does. He connects dots, shoots straight and offends just about everyone. He fires a rocket launcher on a crowded highway. He shoots a dinner party guest. But he does save the day and get the girl, albeit not in the way we should expect.
We are not supposed to like Wax. But I guess we are supposed to have a grudging respect for him. I cannot help but think this is all a scriptwriter way of making references to Americans, by Europeans. Wax is the worst kind of American tourist in Paris, with just about all the opinions from the stereotype, and he has a gun. We may not like the way he does things, but he gets things done. Is this what Besson would have us believe? Are Americans actually affective in their war on terrorism? True, the US does have less bombings and random extremist violence than Europe does these days. But at what cost? The cost in the movie is unbelievably high and the final decision made by Reece states loudly that sometimes the worst decision is the only one.