A new trailer for Pierre Morel’s From Paris With Love (in theaters Feb. 5) has debuted, and it plays like a lost ’80s action film. An embassy worker (The Tudors‘ Jonathan Rhys Meyers) and a FBI agent named Charlie Wax (John Travolta) team up to stop a terrorist attack in Paris. “The risk has never been greater,” the voiceover says, “but our last line of defense is also our best.”
The first time you watch it, you might not be able to take your eyes off of Travolta’s bad-ass bald head. The second time, you might think Hey, the window that guy jumps out of kinda looks like the one in Hitman. The third time, you might freeze frame at :58 and note that Travolta’s hoop earring has little stars on it. (I have a semi-serious urge to phone the costume designer to find out why.) And the fourth time, you might consider seeing the movie just so you can decide whether Travolta actually knows how kitschy lines like “That’s how I do things”, “Did I say we were done?”, and “Tell me that wasn’t some impressive [cut to him shooting two guns]” actually sound. (Broken Arrow really did a number on me.) What’s your gut tell you?