Contributed By Delvina Su
|PHOTO COURTESY OF ENCORE FILMS|
Set on the chic, designer label-lined streets of Paris, Paris Express is an action-comedy flick which sees Sam (played by France’s up-and-coming film actor Michaël Youn) bending and breaking every traffic regulation on his trusty scooter in the name of duty, just to comply with his courier company’s motto, “Express Delivery.”
Setting the stage for the antithesis of a hero, Sam portrays a loser at work; despite his attempt to excel, he never receives a bonus from his boss, is constantly put down by his colleague and frequently gets into trouble with his traffic police dad, who never fails to book him for breaking traffic rules. Even the only thing that seems to be going well in his life—his relationship with his girlfriend, Nadia (Géraldine Nakache), is now threatened because of the bonus Sam fails to receive from his company. This compels him to accept a high-stakes courier assignment, one that drives him straight into the heart of an art scam run by an unscrupulous organization.
For an action-comedy genre, the pacing is slightly slow, but the scenes where Sam ropes in his dad to help rescue Nadia from the baddies are comical enough, showcasing the French penchant for exaggerated physical humor. A decent watch, even though it’s far from French cinema at its most brilliant.