- Cast: John Travolta, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Amber Rose Revah, Kasia Smutniak, Yin Bing, Melissa Mars, Farid Elouardi, Richard Durden, François Bredon, Chems Dahmani, Frédéric Chau, David Clark, Sami Darr, David Gasman, Safia Monney, Nick Loren
- Director: Pierre Morel
- Writers: Luc Besson, Adi Hasak
- Producers: Luc Besson, India Osborne
- Art Direction: Eric Gandois
- Costume Design: Anne-Laure Colonello
- D.O.P.: Michel Abramowicz
- Editor: Frédéric Thoraval
- Makeup: Alexis Kinebanyan
- Music: David Buckley
- Production Design: Jacques Bufnoir
- Set Decoration: Véronique Melery
A personal aide to U.S. Ambassador in France, James Reece (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) has an enviable life in Paris and a beautiful French girlfriend, but his real passion is his side job as a low-level operative for the CIA. All James wants is to become a bona fide agent and see some real action. So when he's offered his first senior-level assignment, he can't believe his good luck until he meets his new partner, special agent Charlie Wax (John Travolta).
A trigger-happy, wisecracking, loose cannon who's been sent to Paris to stop a terrorist attack. Wax leads James on a white- Knuckle shotting spree through the Parisian underworld that has James praying for his desk job. But when James discovers he's a target of the same crime ring they're trying to bust, he realizes there's no turning back...and that Wax himself might be his only hope for making it through the next forty-eight hours alive.
- Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
- Filming Locations: Paris, France
- MPAA Warning: Strong bloody violence throughout, drug content, pervasive language and brief sexuality
- Production Budget: $55 million
- Production Companies: Europa Corp., M6 Films, Grive Productions, Apipoulaï, Canal+, TPS Star, M6
- Production Schedule: September 2008 - December 2008
2010 Guide Analysis: Cinematographer turned film director Pierre Morel is proving a name to watch after the strong success of his first two helming efforts - the 2004 French parkour action flick "District 13" (aka. "District B13") and the 2008 Liam Neeson revenge thriller "Taken", both of which he filmed with writer/producer Luc Besson.
Their third time together with Morel in the big chair looks like similar explosive fun with John Travolta doing a more comedic and unhinged take on his 'Pelham 123' routine with "The Tudors" star Jonathan Rhys Meyers starring opposite as the jittery pen-pushing straight man.
Like Besson's "Transporter" film series, the rather pedestrian sounding plot here plays third fiddle to a mix of martial arts, elaborate gun fights, impressive car chases, and brutal takedowns of numerous bodyguards and bad guys.
Liam Neeson's conviction and solid acting chops combined with a simple but easy to empathise with story are what made "Taken" so effective in many ways, thus the whole terrorist attack plan on offer here sounds like a bad "Rush Hour" rehash. Much will depend on Travolta and Meyers chemistry working together, could we have a great new buddy team here - or something even Brett Ratner wouldn't spit on?