Starring: John Travolta, Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Director: Pierre Morel
Release Date: 11th March 2010 (Norway)
Based on the Story by Luc Besson
They are two CIA officers from two different sides of the coin.
Charlie Wax (John Travolta) is ruthless, quick and gets the job done even if by unorthodox means. A seasoned undercover agent he is called by the French US embassy to help stop a bomb from Pakistani terrorists targeting an African summit.
The other partner James Reese (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) is the personal assistant of Ambassador Bennington (Richard Durden), a sharp Ivy League alumnus tired of low agents work like changing number plates and planting bugs he dreams of real work.
Coming of the trigger happy Charlie puts Reese in frontline job.
Reese fiancée Caroline (Kasia Smutniak) plants bugs at Reese apartment and frequents seedy parts of town till the day of African summit reaches.
The viewer gets confused with Charlie’s trigger happy tendency of blasting away Chinese, Pakistani’s and Arabs in sight till later when the viewer is glued to climax as he joins the dots of storyline.The actors play their roles superbly. The go happy, gun-toting Wax is given an anti-thesis with the soft Reese.
The story flows superbly with the action packed, but the only reservation is it seems the terrorists’ easily die with little care of themselves during shootouts.