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Harmless Shoot Em' Up Escapism

By Dustin Rowles | Trailers | September 17, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Trailers | September 17, 2009 |

I’ve already had two trailers pulled on me today (for Everybody’s Fine and I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell — I’ve replaced both with working trailer), so let’s go for the trifecta (since this trailer has already been pulled from YouTube). What the hell is your problem, movie studios? It’s free fucking advertising — does it matter whose watermark is on it? Why do you even make exclusive arrangements with corporate-funded movie sites to run your trailers? Where’s the benefit to you, unless those movie sites are providing something in return. Surely, they’re not. And besides, try as you bloody well might, the trailers are still going to be available everywhere the next day. So, you’re putting all your cease-and-desist resources into giving IGN or AOL a 24-hour exclusivity window? To what end? They’re fucking commercials. Treat them as such..

Whatever. Below is the trailer for From Paris with Love, Pierre Morel’s follow-up to Taken. This one stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers (he of the seductively evil eyes) and John Travolta (he of the movie whoredom). Set in Paris, it’s about a young employee (Rhys Meyers) in the office of the US Ambassador, who hooks up with an American spy (Travolta) looking to stop a terrorist attack in the city.

Granted, it’s the evil-looking Travolta (see, also, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3), who I actually dig. And the vibe is that of Taken: Paper thin plot, decent actressin’, and harmless shoot em’ up escapism, the sort of movie that’s keenly attractive when there’s nothing else in the theaters.

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